On the surface, the biggest news to come out of yesterday’s pretrial hearing in a lawsuit brought by opponents of Prop 8, the ban on same sex marriage in California (I should probably be careful how I describe it lest I’m dismissively referred to as a “liberal blogger”) was that the trial was going to go ahead as planned.

Local activist and online writer Michael Petrelis’ report from the hearing, made an interesting note:

Charles Cooper, the lead attorney for the supporters of Prop 8, refused to enter the media room and make himself available for questioning by the press and a blogger. When spotted outside the courthouse, local TV and radio reporters tried to get him to go on the record for a few comments, but he refused the interview requests.

We called Cooper to hear his side of why he didn’t want to speak with the press, but haven’t heard back. The plaintiffs and their attorneys seemed to be chatty as all get out, so what gives woth the Pro Prop 8ers? Is it something we said?

Photo of Cooper rushing from courtroom to cab by Michael Petrelis

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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