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While Judge Walker considers a motion to suppress (with cameras and sound off, courtroom cleared) and has lunch, we wait to resume at approximately 1:10 pm pacific time, presumably with Defendant-Intervenors’ Expert Witness David Blankenhorn.
Walker: We need a court reporter, Mr Cooper, before we begin.
Awaiting court reporter, Cooper and Walker appear ready to begin.
[I rode up in the elevator with David Boies from the cafeteria, and told him “I think that was a great morning.” He replied, “Yes it was great, wasn’t it?” And I said “Thank you for that, I really enjoyed it.” And he said, “Thank you very much, I did too.”]
Cooper calls David Blankenhorn (sworn, says and spells name)
Cooper’s associate distributed binders.
Cooper: Please turn to Tab 1, your declaration, unnumbered page right behind page 25. Is that your CV?
B: Yes sir
C: Behind Tab A, your honor, exhibit DIX2693, just Mr Blankenhorn’s CV.
C: Background and edeucaiton
Harvard 1977 degree in social studies, and 1979 History, University od Warwick, MA in England, with distinction.
Year abroad, UNiversity of Warwick.
After UWarwick,what did you do?
VISTA, community organizer in Massachusetts. COntinued that in several different communities in MA and VA.
What kind of work?
Working and living in low income communities, our jobs were to create grassroots organiztions to advocate for reforms they thought were important.
What were some of the challenges?
You see them firsthand, seeing the weakened state of community and family institutions — especially how children were lving withuot their fathers — led me to my next round of work.
What was that?
In 1987 I started the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan thinktank about marriage, children and wellbeing of community.
What is your role?
I am the President.
What is the work?
Commission research, hold conferences, signature product: Report to the Nation, an interdisciplinary team of scholars jointly release reportt and recommendations.
Subject matters focus on?
Fatherhood,marriage,child rearing, child well being, family structure.
DOes it produce regular piublications?
“State of Our Unions” is our annual report about marriage, and a regular report called “Why Marriage Matters”
What is that?
15 scholars work together very carefully on what they felt were the principal social sscience findings on marriage in America. As more research comes available, we will publish our third report.
Are you personally involved?
As principal writer and invesstigator, identify teams of scholars and work with them in a non-leadership capacity as they do their work.
Is there a subject matter you devote your personal efforts to?
Marriage, fatherhood, family structure.
Books you wrote?
“Fatherless America” about the consequences of having 35% of US children living apart from their fathers; serious social problem. 2007: “The Future of Marriage” looks at what happening to marriage today and how to strengthen it.
Let’s start with “Fatherless America.” Describe your research.
Interviews with fathers in six different cities, transcripts were the basis of the book, and a literature review. Also I convened scholarly conferences or gatherings where commisioned papers were produced on father absence, furthered my thinking.
Did it receive commentary?
Widely and generally respectfully reviewed: NYT
Did you appear anywhere because of it?
Public speaking a universities and civic groups and elsewhere.
You said it was reviewed, Dr Michael Lamb reviewed it, right?
Yes, he disagreed with some of its findings and said some respectful things about it.
Cooper: Demonstrative NUmber One, is this what Dr Lamb said?
B: It is among the nicer things he said.
Cooper: I believe it is in evidence, confusion about its evidence number.
Walker: The witness’s book or Dr Lamb’s article?
C: The book
C: Now your other book, turn to Tab Two in your binder, whast is that?
B: Cover of my book The Future of Marriage, talks about what is happening to marriage, consequences of these trends.
C: How did you research and prepare to author this book?
B: Concentrated period of time immersed with some colleagues, to learn about marriage anthropologically acrtoss cultures, interdiscplinary group of three scholars to discuss the issue, accumuluted body of my collected information about this topic for the years I have been studying it.
C: How was it received>?
B: Got some attention, public speaking roles, in the book I said we should not adopt same sex marriage, so it got some attention for that.
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