by Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post
David Daleiden, the pro-life activist who exposed Planned Parenthood’s selling of aborted baby body parts, and his lawyers were fined $200,000 recently as part of an ongoing case involving his undercover film investigation of the abortion giant.
US District Court Judge William Orrick imposed the steep fine against Daleiden and his attorneys, Brentford Ferreira and Steve Cooley, for contempt of court for defying an injunction that forbade them from publishing footage Daleiden obtained while investigating, The Associated Press reported. Video footage appeared on the blog of Daleiden’s lawyers after the injunction went into effect, but the lawyers maintain that such footage was already a part of public record.
“The blog was nothing more than a memorialization of public filings in the history of the case,” Cooley said at the time, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The Center for Medical Progress stated on its Facebook page Friday that it considers the contempt sanctions “unconscionable” and an “attack on [Daleiden’s] rights to defend himself in a court of law by a judge whose extrajudicial interest in Planned Parenthood’s success is well-established.”
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