A California jury has found pro-life activist David Daleiden and his group the Center for Medical Progress liable for their undercover videos exposing actions of Planned Parenthood, ordering the pro-life activists to pay the abortion provider $870,000 in punitive damages.
In 2015, the CMP published online a series of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood personnel discussing business with biotech companies about obtaining aborted fetal organs.
In a decision made Friday, the jury ruled against Daleiden and his co-defendants, in what the CMP labeled a “black eye” to the First Amendment.
In a short statement posted to Twitter on Friday, CMP said that the decision was partly due to the actions of U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick.
“Lady Justice was not blind in this trial, Judge [William H. Orrick]’s rulings against CMP et al created bias against us with jury,” stated CMP, labeling the decision a “dangerous precedent.”
The Thomas More Society, which helped to represent Daleiden, vowed to appeal the decision.
“This lawsuit is payback for David Daleiden exposing Planned Parenthood’s dirty business of buying and selling fetal parts and organs,” stated lead Society Defense Attorney Peter Breen in an email.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski