Last Tuesday, a federal judge in California ordered the video journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s practices in the harvesting and sales of aborted baby body parts to pay the abortion giant $13.6 million to cover its legal costs in the case against them.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick III ordered David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) to pay the bill over the $2 million in damages they were ordered to pay last year for recording the abortion giant’s officials while they discussed how they harvest the fetal tissue for sale.
In November 2019, a jury found that the pro-life journalists violated the federal RICO Act and caused significant harm to Planned Parenthood with its video series.
Daleiden later told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight that Orrick “is actually the founder of a Planned Parenthood of Northern California clinic in San Francisco”: “Planned Parenthood, very intentionally and very strategically and with a lot of gamesmanship, filed this case specifically to get it in San Francisco in front of Judge William Orrick, who is an Obama appointee, who was a bundler for the Obama campaign for hundreds of thousands of dollars, is best friends with Tom Steyer.
Not only that, but Orrick’s wife’s Facebook account was found to have included posted public comments — along with a photo of her and her husband — that indicated support for Planned Parenthood and criticism of Daleiden and CMP.
Daleiden and his attorneys unsuccessfully attempted to get Orrick recused from the case several times. The judge blocked the jury from viewing all the undercover video he produced during his undercover investigation.
Planned Parenthood has yet to be prosecuted for any of the allegations of profiting from the sales of the body parts of babies aborted in its clinics. Daleiden and his lawyers have appealed the verdict to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.