The undercover journalist who in 2015 exposed Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts selling operation is fighting a nearly $200,000 fine amid an ongoing court battle.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to hear an appeal from David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress last week, an appeal of a $195,000 imposed on him for using video footage which supposedly violated a gag order imposed by a lower court judge.
“The federal judge presiding over related civil lawsuits, District Judge William Orrick, had held that criminal defense counsel’s use of the videos violated a gag order he imposed in one of the federal civil actions. Daleiden and his defense counsel appealed, arguing that Orrick had improperly imposed a criminal contempt penalty without granting the accused due process and that the federal civil injunction should not apply to Daleiden’s state criminal proceeding,” according to a statement from the Thomas More Society, which is representing Daleiden.
Daleiden’s attorneys have long argued that Orrick cannot be an impartial jurist — and previously sought to disqualify him — in this case because he helped found a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Francisco several years ago. Orrick’s wife is an abortion activist.
Daleiden noted Wednesday that although he was cleared of similar charges in a separate court fight in Texas, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation continue to pursue two federal lawsuits in California, which included the gag order forbidding him from publishing undercover video footage that he recorded of the abortion giant’s top-level employees.
“These videos prove that the conversations were NOT ‘confidential’ and the recordings were made to gather evidence of violent criminality in the abortion industry,” he asserted.
Daleiden also accused Planned Parenthood, the federal judge and then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, who’s now a U.S. senator from California and candidate for president, of concocting a “bogus legal scheme” against him and conspiring to fine him $195,000.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter