Above photo, "Protesting Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C." by American Life League is licensed under CC BY 2.0
January-February 2020 – David Daleiden and colleagues of Center for Medical Progress (CMP) were found by a California jury to have caused substantial harm to Planned Parenthood as a result of investigative reporting that exposed potentially illegal harvesting of aborted baby organs.
In a tentative ruling by U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in July, potential damages were dropped to as little as $100,000. However, Orrick, who has traceable ties to Planned Parenthood, identified Daleiden as guilty of trespassing and instructed the jury on reaching its November 15 decision requiring Daleiden to pay $870,000.
“While top Planned Parenthood witnesses spent six weeks testifying under oath that the undercover videos are true,” explained Daleiden, “and Planned Parenthood sold fetal organs on a quid pro quo basis, a biased judge [Orrick] with close Planned Parenthood ties spent six weeks trying to influence the jury with predetermined rulings and suppressed the video evidence, all in order to rubber-stamp Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit attack on the First Amendment.”
Attorneys for Daleiden, Sandra Merritt, and others representing CMP are expected to appeal the verdict.