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Sandra Merritt’s attorneys: Verdict in Planned Parenthood trial ‘flawed and unjust’
LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Nov. 20, 2019 | Liberty Counsel

Posted on 11/21/2019 1:29:36 AM PST by Morgana

(Liberty Counsel) – Liberty Counsel will appeal the verdict in the multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against Sandra Merritt for her undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of human baby body parts. From the beginning, the court severely restricted the evidence, and at the end gave instructions to the jury that instructed them how they should rule on critical issues. The jury decided in favor of the abortion giant on each count, including RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations), and awarded more than $2 million in damages.

The case was heard by San Francisco’s U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick III, who is the founder of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center that houses the Planned Parenthood of Northern California facility in its complex. In 2017, the defense requested that Orrick recuse himself from the case and he refused.

Merritt and colleague David Daleiden, the founder of Center for Medical Progress (CMP), produced videos in 2015 exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal trade in aborted baby body parts after a 30-month undercover operation. The videos showed top-level Planned Parenthood executives haggling over prices of aborted baby body parts and discussing how they change abortion procedures to obtain more intact organs.

However, throughout the six-week trial, Judge Orrick specifically influenced the way the jury considered the issues and blocked them from watching the recorded conversations on the undercover videos. Orrick also told members of the jury they couldn’t look at this as a First Amendment case, where freedom of speech and the press could be considered as a defense. However, Merritt and Daleiden acted according to the parameters of California recording law and no other citizen journalist or journalism organization has ever been charged with a crime for undercover recordings made in the public interest.

Before the jury retired to consider a verdict, Orrick gave them a 110-page jury instruction, which, in part, instructed the jury that:

* The case is not about Planned Parenthood’s illegal or unethical conduct. Orrick repeated this instruction just about every day throughout the trial and every time the defense managed to get any evidence admitted about PP’s conduct.

* The First Amendment is not a defense in this case.

* The court already determined that defendants are liable for trespass.

* The court already determined that defendants breached certain contracts

* Planned Parenthood had no duty to investigate whether defendants’ claims about who they were and what they were doing were true.

* Whether a conversation is “sensitive” or “confidential” is not relevant to recording claims.

* The jury cannot consider the content of videos themselves to determine whether defendants had reasonable belief that Planned Parenthood was committing crimes. * The court tells jury that security upgrades are among the types of damages that may be “directly caused by defendants’ acts.” The court does not tell jury that they cannot award any damages arising from the publication of the videos themselves (those are indisputably barred by First Amendment, but the jury was not so instructed).

Liberty Counsel’s Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio Mihet said, “There are numerous legal errors that render the jury verdict flawed and unjust. We will appeal this decision and seek a new trial in front of a different judge. Ms. Merritt has yet to have her day in a fair court, and we are confident that when she does, she will prevail.”

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: abortion; plannedparenthood; prolife; sandramerritt

1 posted on 11/21/2019 1:29:36 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Orrick is a San Fagcisco Obama appointee. ‘Nuff said.

2 posted on 11/21/2019 2:07:58 AM PST by Viking2002 (..........and Epstein didn't kill himself. Yeah, I went there.)
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To: Morgana

In the jury’s instructions are minor small technicalities of law breaking like trespassing, breach of contracts

No where in the jury’s instructions is the
MENTION OF MURDER. Let alone the sale of body parts. This is what china does to adults but this is ok.

3 posted on 11/21/2019 2:13:25 AM PST by ronnie raygun (nic
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To: ronnie raygun
No where in the jury’s instructions is the MENTION OF MURDER. Let alone the sale of body parts. This is what china does to adults but this is ok.

Sometimes, when considering these people, all I can do, is shake my head, and quote Hebrews 10:31. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

4 posted on 11/21/2019 2:54:06 AM PST by Mark17 (Dad of Air Force Officer in pilot training. Air Force aircraft, go much faster than Army tanks)
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To: Morgana

One man gets to decide which Constitutional amendments apply and to whom. The American justice system is outrageous. Black robed tyranny.

5 posted on 11/21/2019 2:58:22 AM PST by momincombatboots (Ephesians 6... who you are really at war with)
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To: momincombatboots
Black robed tyranny.

"Judges" are the high priests of the pagan Left.

6 posted on 11/21/2019 2:59:18 AM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: Morgana

Sounds like the perfect case for jury nullification. Not too likely in San Fransiko though.

7 posted on 11/21/2019 5:01:18 AM PST by bk1000 (Banned from Breitbart)
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