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Motion to Vacate

Motion to Vacate

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DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS’ MOTION TO VACATE JUDGMENTCASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW
COOPER AND KIRK, PLLCCharles J. Cooper (DC Bar No. 248070)*
ccooper@cooperkirk.com
David H. Thompson (DC Bar No. 450503)*
dthompson@cooperkirk.com
Howard C. Nielson, Jr. (DC Bar No. 473018)*
hnielson@cooperkirk.com
Nicole J. Moss (DC Bar No. 472424)*
nmoss@cooperkirk.com
Peter A. Patterson (OH Bar No. 0080840)*
 ppatterson@cooperkirk.com
1523 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036Telephone: (202) 220-9600, Facsimile: (202) 220-9601LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW P. PUGNOAndrew P. Pugno (CA Bar No. 206587)
andrew@pugnolaw.com
101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100, Folsom, California 95630Telephone: (916) 608-3065, Facsimile: (916) 608-3066ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUNDBrian W. Raum
 
(NY Bar No.
 
2856102)*
braum@telladf.org
James A. Campbell (OH Bar No. 0081501)*
 jcampbell@telladf.org
15100 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260Telephone: (480) 444-0020, Facsimile: (480) 444-0028A
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KRISTIN M. PERRY, SANDRA B. STIER,PAUL T. KATAMI, and JEFFREY J.ZARRILLO,Plaintiffs,CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO,Plaintiff-Intervenor,v.EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., in his officialcapacity as Governor of California; KAMALACASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW
DEFENDANT-INTERVENORSDENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAILJ. KNIGHT, MARTIN F.GUTIERREZ, MARK A. JANSSON,AND PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM’SMOTION TO VACATE JUDGMENT
Chief Judge James WareDate: July 11, 2011Time: 9:00 a.m.
Case3:09-cv-02292-JW Document768 Filed04/25/11 Page1 of 26
 
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DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS’ MOTION TO VACATE JUDGMENTCASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW
D. HARRIS, in her official capacity as AttorneyGeneral of California; MARK B. HORTON, inhis official capacity as Director of the CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health and State Registrarof Vital Statistics; LINETTE SCOTT, in herofficial capacity as Deputy Director of HealthInformation & Strategic Planning for theCalifornia Department of Public Health;PATRICK O’CONNELL, in his official capacityas Clerk-Recorder for the County of Alameda;and DEAN C. LOGAN, in his official capacityas Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk forthe County of Los Angeles,Defendants,andPROPOSITION 8 OFFICIAL PROPONENTSDENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL J.KNIGHT, MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ, HAK-SHING WILLIAM TAM, and MARK A.JANSSON; and PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM –YES ON 8, A PROJECT OF CALIFORNIARENEWAL,Defendant-Intervenors.Location: Courtroom 5, 17th Floor Additional Counsel for Defendant-IntervenorsALLIANCE DEFENSE FUNDJordan W. Lorence (DC Bar No. 385022)*
 jlorence@telladf.org
Austin R. Nimocks (TX Bar No. 24002695)*
animocks@telladf.org
801 G Street NW, Suite 509, Washington, D.C. 20001Telephone: (202) 393-8690, Facsimile: (202) 347-3622*
 
Admitted
 pro hac vice
 
Case3:09-cv-02292-JW Document768 Filed04/25/11 Page2 of 26
 
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DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS’ MOTION TO VACATE JUDGMENTCASE NO. 09-CV-2292 JW
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ............................................................................................................... iiINTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................... 1BACKGROUND ................................................................................................................................. 6ARGUMENT ....................................................................................................................................... 8I.
 
Chief Judge Walker Was Disqualified from Participating in This Case Under Section 455. ....... 8II.
 
The Section 455 Violations Require This Court to Vacate the Judgment and All Orders Enteredin This Case ........................................................................................................................... 12A.
 
The Risk of Injustice to Proponents Favors Vacating the Judgment .................................. 13B.
 
Upholding the Judgment Will Create a Significant Risk of Injustice in Other Cases ........ 16C.
 
Upholding the Judgment Will Create a Significant Risk of Undermining the Public’sConfidence in Judicial Proceedings ....................................................................................... 17CONCLUSION.................................................................................................................................. 18
Case3:09-cv-02292-JW Document768 Filed04/25/11 Page3 of 26

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