Daleiden's hefty fine stands after losing appeal

Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

lawsuit gavel with moneyA pro-life activist who exposed Planned Parenthood, and has been targeted by its allies ever since, must pay a large fine after losing a court appeal.

David Daleiden (pictured below) was fined $195,000 by a federal judge for violating a gag order that barred him from publishing undercover video footage during an ongoing trial in California. 

The fine remains in place after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear an appeal, The Christian Post reported.

Daleiden, represented by Thomas More Society, is facing criminal and civil charges in California after creating a fake medical company to expose how Planned Parenthood was profiting from the sale of fetal body parts and organs. Beyond the evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the callous behavior of the officials who were secretly recorded caused an uproar nationwide and Daleiden became Public Enemy No. 1 of the abortion giant overnight.

Responding to the outrage, Planned Parenthood and its allies claimed the videos were doctored and have sought revenge against Daleiden and an accomplice, Sandra Merritt, for their undercover videos.

Dalieden, DavidOneNewNow reported in a May story that California officials are working with abortion allies to go after Daleiden, who is facing 15 felony counts for an undercover effort that mirrors “60 Minutes”-style journalism that recorded and exposed unsuspecting bad guys.

Breen tells OneNewsNow that California’s attorney general and the National Abortion Federation are working together to “hamstring” his client’s criminal and civil cases while he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Thomas More also remains unhappy with the federal judge overseeing the case, William Orrick, who once helped start a medical clinic tied to Planned Parenthood. The judge’s wife has also made online statements that criticized Daleiden, attorneys said.

A court motion filed in 2017 to remove Orrick was turned down by the federal appeals court.

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