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Posted on 11/15/2019 1:06:55 PM PST by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Jury Forces David Daleiden to Pay Planned Parenthood $870,000 for Exposing Its Aborted Baby Part Sales
A California jury has decided that pro-life advocate David Daleiden has caused substantial harm to the Planned Parenthood abortion business as a result of his organizations undercover reporting and exposing of its potentially illegal sales of aborted baby parts nationwide.
Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit accusing them of more than a dozen crimes, including trespassing, breach of confidentiality, wiretapping and conspiracy. The trial is separate from a criminal case against Daleiden and Merritt launched by former California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The jury will force Daleiden to pay $870,000 to the abortion corporation in punitive damages for supposedly harming the abortion giant y attending its conferences and events and going on-site to Planned Parenthood abortion centers to record videos exposing the practice.
The jurys verdict came after a biased judge with ties to Planned Parenthood told a the panelists that David Daleiden is guilty of trespassing.
The statement from Judge William Orrick came at the conclusion of a month-long trial against Daleiden, Sandra Merritt and others with the Center for Medical Progress who helped to release undercover videos of Planned Parenthood allegedly selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
Before the jury deliberated, Orrick gave them instructions about how to make their decision, including his decision that Daleiden is guilty.
I have already determined that these defendants trespassed at each of these locations. Because I determined that these defendants trespassed, the law assumes that Planned Parenthood has been harmed and is entitled to an award of nominal damages such as one dollar for each trespass, he told the jury.
Orrick said the Center for Medical Progress investigators trespassed at the 2014 Forum in Miami, Florida; at the 2015 MeDC meeting in Orlando, Florida; and the 2015 National Conference in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain Center in Colorado and a Planned Parenthood Center in Texas.
Planned Parenthood told the jury that Daleiden and CMP harmed its abortion trade:
Planned Parenthood lawyers denounced Daleidens and Merritts beliefs about crimes being committed by abortion doctors as a preposterous pretext to disguise their true mission to destroy Planned Parenthood, thus establishing the requisite malice, oppression, and fraud for the jury to award punitive damages.
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The organizations lawyers claim the release of the videos, roughly one per week, were part of a sophisticated scheme to smear the organization and strip it of federal funding.
The defendants plan here was not to find crimes, and it was not about journalism. It was about using any means, including illegal means, to destroy Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood attorney Rhonda Trotter told the jury.
But attorneys for Daleiden and CMP repeatedly caught Planned Parenthood official lying on the stand and agreeing that what Daleiden presented in the undercover videos is accurate.
The investigative teams lawyers repeatedly have criticized how Orrick handled the case, including refusing to allow key experts to testify and to allow the jury to watch some of the undercover footage obtained by Daleiden and Merritt.
Orrick has close ties to the Planned Parenthood abortion chain, but he refused to recuse himself from the case. Prior to becoming a judge, Orrick served on the board of a San Francisco-area family resource center that shares space and helps run a Planned Parenthood facility that refers for abortions.
The undercover investigation exposed numerous atrocities inside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities across the U.S. Its findings prompted investigations by the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a number of states.
Not only did the Center for Medical Progress investigation raise concerns about potentially illegal sales of human body parts, but it also uncovered evidence of abortionists allegedly putting womens lives at greater risk by altering abortion procedures to better harvest aborted baby parts. The investigators also found evidence of possible patient privacy violations.
Daleiden and his fellow investigators contend that they did not do anything wrong; they are undercover journalists who worked to expose the unethical and potentially illegal harvesting and sales of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider.
Peter Breen, Daleidens lawyer, said their goal was to inform the public of potential wrong-doing within the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar nonprofit that does more abortions than any other group in America and has massive political power, dumping tens of millions of dollars into elections each year.
This case is about the steps it took for private citizen investigators to cut through a curtain of silence and concealment, Breen said in his closing statement. They didnt do it for profit or for personal gain. They did it for the paramount public purpose of letting Americans know and law enforcers investigate whether and to what extent our laws may have been violated.
Earlier in the trial, Orrick allowed the jury to see an ABC News 20/20 investigation from 2000 that sparked Daleidens own investigation. The mainstream news outlet found similar evidence of abortionists selling aborted baby body parts for a profit, in violation of the law.
At another point during the trial, a Planned Parenthood witness admitted that some of the security threats that they blame on Daleidens exposé were not actual threats. Instead, they were letters from people saying they were praying for abortion clinic staff. Still other security incidents were completely unrelated to the undercover investigation.
Time for an appeal and for donations.
Some whistleblowers are more equal than others
I am surprised they didn’t add that he had to have a sex change as part of the punishment.
The lesser angels of my nature are harboring very, very disturbing ideas about too many judges in this country...
Remove my comment too !
This is worthy of appeal. The judge, an Obama appointee should have recused itself.
Still, the pirated copies of the videos will be circulated for the next 100 years. That’s good. Victory in spite of them.
Probably more to their liking.
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Daleiden should appeal it all the way to the SCOTUS.
I was reading this saying to myself “WTF? No way” then I saw it was in California. Of course. Just like the cesspool I unfortunately live in New York that ruled Trump must turn over his tax returns for absolutely no reason. Thank you Republican party for being on your toes as the left stomps all over us, Roger Stone arrested and convicted in two seconds and you mofos can’t even hand out parking tickets. This really is a country run by a Rat/RINO uniparty
I’m afraid that Liberals have now perverted the law to such an extent that none of us may rely on the rule of law.
This judge instructed the jury Daleiden was guilty as charged.
There has to be an appeal before a real judge, not an Obama appointed lackey.
Planned Parenthood SHOULD be destroyed.
This was a JURY decision. Why are you mad at the judge? Did he prevent evidence, or witnesses, from being presented?
I hope this can be appealed to a higher court.
However the appeals go, this is a good outcome in the long long long term and will solidify a lot of young people's understanding of true right and wrong vs right and wrong as decreed by mere men and their governments or other power structures erected by mankind.
Were are federal charges against planned parenthood?
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