Last week, a Ninth Circuit panel declined to consider an appeal from undercover journalist David Daleiden regarding a $195,000 penalty he’ll have to shell out to his abortion opponents.
Daleiden, who famously exposed alleged baby body part trafficking in 2015 within the abortion industry, including heavyweight Planned Parenthood, was hit with the penalty for using video footage which allegedly violated his dubious gag order.
“The federal judge presiding over related civil lawsuits, District Judge William Orrick, had held that criminal defense counsel’s use of the videos violated a gag order he imposed in one of the federal civil actions. Daleiden and his defense counsel appealed, arguing that Orrick had improperly imposed a criminal contempt penalty without granting the accused due process and that the federal civil injunction should not apply to Daleiden’s state criminal proceeding,” a statement from the Thomas Moore Society, representing Daleiden, outlined.
The Ninth Circuit also denied an appeal to have Daleiden’s federal civil cases reassigned to an impartial judge who does not have a history of public support for Planned Parenthood, as Judge Orrick does.