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11-16577 #9

11-16577 #9

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Doc #9 - Proponents' Opening Brief
Doc #9 - Proponents' Opening Brief

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KRISTIN PERRY, et al.,
Plaintiffs-Appellees
,v.EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., et al.,
 Defendants
,andDENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, et al.,
 Defendant-Intervenors-Appellants
.Appeal from United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaCivil Case No. 09-CV-2292 JW (Honorable James S. Ware)
 DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS-APPELLANTS’OPENING BRIEF
Andrew P. PugnoL
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 101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100Folsom, California 95630(916) 608-3065; (916) 608-3066 FaxBrian W. RaumJames A. CampbellA
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 15100 North 90th StreetScottsdale, Arizona 85260(480) 444-0020; (480) 444-0028 FaxCharles J. Cooper
 
David H. Thompson
 
Howard C. Nielson, Jr.
 
Peter A. PattersonC
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PLLC1523 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.Washington, D.C. 20036(202) 220-9600; (202) 220-9601 Fax
 Attorneys for Defendant-Intervenors-Appellants Hollingsworth, Knight, Gutierrez, Jansson, and ProtectMarriage.com
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Corporate Disclosure Statement Under Fed. R. App. P. 26.1
 Defendant-Intervenor-Appellant ProtectMarriage.com is not a corporationbut a primarily formed ballot committee under California Law.
See
Cal. Gov.Code §§ 82013 & 82047.5. Its “sponsor” under California law is CaliforniaRenewal, a California nonprofit corporation, recognized as a public welfareorganization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(4).
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................................................................... iiiINTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 1STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION.......................................................................... 9STATEMENT OF ISSUES ..................................................................................... 10PERTINENT LEGAL PROVISIONS ..................................................................... 10STATEMENT OF THE CASE ................................................................................ 11STATEMENT OF FACTS ...................................................................................... 16SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ............................................................................... 16STANDARD OF REVIEW ..................................................................................... 20ARGUMENT ........................................................................................................... 20I.
 
CHIEF JUDGE WALKER’S IMPARTIALITY CAN REASONABLYBE QUESTIONED. ....................................................................................... 20
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 Judge Walker was legally bound to disclose all facts relevant toany possible ground for disqualification.
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 B.
 
 An objective observer would conclude that Judge Walker’simpartiality might reasonably be questioned.
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C. The appearance of partiality in this case is exacerbated by JudgeWalker’s unprecedented rulings.
........................................................ 31
 D. Judge Ware’s decision below is plainly contrary to statutory text,uniform precedent, and common sense.
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