Skip to comments.Judge With Planned Parenthood Ties Orders Jury to Find David Daleiden Guilty of Racketeering
Posted on 11/14/2019 9:22:56 AM PST by Morgana
A California judge with ties to Planned Parenthood told a jury this week that David Daleiden is guilty of trespassing.
The statement from Judge William Orrick came at the conclusion of a month-long trial against Daleiden, Sandra Merritt and others with the Center for Medical Progress who helped to release undercover videos of Planned Parenthood allegedly selling aborted baby body parts for profit.
Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit accusing them of more than a dozen crimes, including trespassing, breach of confidentiality, wiretapping and conspiracy. The trial is separate from a criminal case against Daleiden and Merritt launched by former California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
The jury currently is deliberating, but before they began, Orrick gave them instructions about how to make their decision, including his decision that Daleiden is guilty, the Daily Wire reports.
I have already determined that these defendants trespassed at each of these locations. Because I determined that these defendants trespassed, the law assumes that Planned Parenthood has been harmed and is entitled to an award of nominal damages such as one dollar for each trespass, he told the jury.
Orrick said the Center for Medical Progress investigators trespassed at the 2014 Forum in Miami, Florida; at the 2015 MeDC meeting in Orlando, Florida; and the 2015 National Conference in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountain Center in Colorado and a Planned Parenthood Center in Texas.
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The judge said the jury must accept his rulings and only decide if Planned Parenthood suffered damage from the trespass and what damages they should be awarded.
Planned Parenthood originally sought $20 million in damages for trespassing, fraud, and RICO conspiracy against Daleiden and his colleagues. However, Judge Orrick reduced potential damages to $600,000.
The investigative teams lawyers repeatedly have criticized how Orrick handled the case, including refusing to allow key experts to testify and to allow the jury to watch some of the undercover footage obtained by Daleiden and Merritt.
Orrick has close ties to the Planned Parenthood abortion chain, but he refused to recuse himself from the case. Prior to becoming a judge, Orrick served on the board of a San Francisco-area family resource center that shares space and helps run a Planned Parenthood facility that refers for abortions.
The undercover investigation exposed numerous atrocities inside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities across the U.S. Its findings prompted investigations by the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a number of states.
Not only did the Center for Medical Progress investigation raise concerns about potentially illegal sales of human body parts, but it also uncovered evidence of abortionists allegedly putting womens lives at greater risk by altering abortion procedures to better harvest aborted baby parts. The investigators also found evidence of possible patient privacy violations.
Daleiden and his fellow investigators contend that they did not do anything wrong; they are undercover journalists who worked to expose the unethical and potentially illegal harvesting and sales of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion provider.
Peter Breen, Daleidens lawyer, said their goal was to inform the public of potential wrong-doing within the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar nonprofit that does more abortions than any other group in America and has massive political power, dumping tens of millions of dollars into elections each year.
This case is about the steps it took for private citizen investigators to cut through a curtain of silence and concealment, Breen said in his closing statement. They didnt do it for profit or for personal gain. They did it for the paramount public purpose of letting Americans know and law enforcers investigate whether and to what extent our laws may have been violated.
Earlier in the trial, Orrick allowed the jury to see an ABC News 20/20 investigation from 2000 that sparked Daleidens own investigation. The mainstream news outlet found similar evidence of abortionists selling aborted baby body parts for a profit, in violation of the law.
At another point during the trial, a Planned Parenthood witness admitted that some of the security threats that they blame on Daleidens exposé were not actual threats. Instead, they were letters from people saying they were praying for abortion clinic staff. Still other security incidents were completely unrelated to the undercover investigation.
This is what happens to real whistleblowers!
The judge had better hope nobody on the jury has heard of jury nullification.
Baby harvesting - bump for later...
[On June 11, 2012, President Obama nominated Orrick to be a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California,
Gee, I’m shocked.
He sows the wind....
It is getting increasingly harder to be friends with any Democrat. They will still vote for Democrats even if babies are born alive and put on the side to die. How do you be friends with someone like that?
And if you are friends with them and don’t try to change their mind on this issue every time you see them, how is one going to explain that to God when the time comes?
Yes I have always been pro-life but Morgana is making me a zealot.
That’s a good thing.
Yep. Judges may instruct a jury on how to reach a verdict, but if they instruct them on what the verdict should be, then a well-informed jury should do exactly the opposite.
“The judge had better hope nobody on the jury has heard of jury nullification.”
DING DING We have a winner folks. I’d hang that jury in a hot minute. What the hell does the judge need a jury if he decides guilt or innocence by fiat.
....a career in law enforcement and I never experienced a judge expressing his opinion of guilt via jury instructions. This is a solid case for a mistrial, if the defense chooses.
Nothing stops the money train!
Maybe there is a concern the defendant will be found not guilty by this trial and jury, so the judge is sabotaging this jury on purpose.
Do Planned Baby Killers have no Trespassing Signs on their properties so they can give “legal notice” to the Trespassers? If not, they can go screw themselves.
They are really trying to convict this man for showing the world what they were really doing
The judge would then slap you with contempt of court and probably jail you.
As the article states, the jury is to decide whether PP was harmed by the trespass, and if so, what damages should be awarded.
A better move by the jury would be to claim that PP had not been damaged by the trespass and award them nothing.
This “judge” should have recused themselves.
Something about this doesn’t seem right. I thought a directed verdict could only be NOT guilty.
Democrats are the disease! General Order 66 is the cure!
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