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Federal jury rules against Daleiden

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/15/19, 04:31 pm

A group of pro-life activists said they will appeal a judgment against them for surreptitiously recording Planned Parenthood associates talking about the harvest and sale of aborted babies’ body parts. The Center for Medical Progress (CMP), led by David Daleiden, conducted a 30-month hidden-camera investigation that exposed atrocities against unborn children, including altering abortion procedures to get the best possible specimens for research. Planned Parenthood sued CMP, Daleiden, and some of his fellow activists for fraud, illegal recording, and breaking confidentiality agreements, but the abortion giant did not dispute the content of the videos. The defendants face the prospect of paying between $1.3 million and $2.3 million in damages.

Did Daleiden get a fair trial? During the six weeks of proceedings, U.S. District Judge William Orrick, who has known ties to Planned Parenthood, barred the jury from seeing nearly all of CMP’s videos. The videos would have shown talks with Planned Parenthood personnel taking place in public settings, a defense against California’s two-party consent law on recording conversations. Orrick also repeatedly cut off the defense’s questioning when it implicated Planned Parenthood’s for selling tissue from aborted babies, calling it “a matter of dispute between the parties in the world outside this courtroom.” After the announcement of the verdict Friday, Daleiden called the trial a dangerous attack on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and its freedom of speech protections.

Dig deeper: Read Mary Jackson’s coverage of the trial in Vitals.

WORLD has updated this report to reflect the defendants’ intent to appeal.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 11/15/2019 08:49 pm

    A judge who should have recused himself, suppressing defense evidence, and preventing the court from considering the massive elephant in the room:  Planned Barrenhood’s illegal and unethical, not to mention murderous, conduct. 

    Hope this decision is promptly overturned by a higher court. 

  • Janet B
    Posted: Sat, 11/16/2019 06:18 am

    Any mainstream media coverage/outrage on this judge's ties to the Plaintiff?  I thought not.

    David and CMP is being defended by Life Legal Defense Foundation, in case anyone wants to donate to help appeal this atrocity of corruption of justice.


  •  Varenikje's picture
    Posted: Sat, 11/16/2019 11:20 am

    This is unbelievable! When this case was brought up I thought surely that would be the end of Planned  Parenthood! And the judge with ties to Planned Parenthood didn't see that as a reason for recusal? How could that be? 

  • Rich277
    Posted: Sat, 11/16/2019 11:43 am

    And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. John 3:19-20 ESV

  • Kingdomnetworker
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 10:45 am

    Questions remain:

    1. Who is defending CMP and Daleiden?

    2. Do they plan to appeal?

    3. What are their chances of being granted right to appeal?

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 04:27 pm

    Please see Mary Jackson’s report in today’s Vitals roundup.

    Posted: Mon, 11/18/2019 04:45 pm

    Holding the trial anywhere in the State of California was wrong. But holding it in Pelosi's backyard? 

    Many conservatives who have not been put on trial yet are fleeing California.