Wiretaps Were Illegal". On September 29,Walker announced he would retire at the end of and return to private practice. His sexual orientation was well known among lawyers and judges in San Francisco, though he had never spoken about it publicly until after his ruling. This is my punishment. Why gay marriage will resume in California. The 9th Circuit court is still considering the constitutional issues surrounding gay marriage and has asked the California Supreme Court to weigh in on one point of state law.
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That move, however, was quickly slapped down by another judge. Retrieved August 4, Seated at a table in a charcoal suit with a white handkerchief, Walker remembered how the gay community had once vilified his nomination to the federal bench.
A San Francisco Chronicle columnist and reporter wrote in a commentary that Walker has an "aversion to harsh sentences for well-educated, well-heeled criminals and, in particular, perpetrators of securities fraud.