Pro-Abort Judge Won’t Recuse Himself From Daleiden Case

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by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 22, 2018   

Judge William Orrick has close ties to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry

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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A federal court is refusing to remove a pro-abortion judge from presiding over a lawsuit concerning David Daleiden's aborted baby parts investigation

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected a petition from the Thomas More Society, representing Daleiden, to have Judge William Orrick removed from the case involving Planned Parenthood (PP) and the National Abortion Federation (NAF). The petition to pull Orrick from the case stems from his public support of abortion, which includes the opening, running and funding of a PP clinic inside the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in San Francisco. 

The petition was denied by the federal appellate court.

 

"You'll recall that Judge Orrick has close ties to Planned Parenthood and his wife is an outspoken abortion activist," wrote Thomas More Society president and chief counsel Tom Brejcha. "This is another frustrating setback for David — especially after just last month the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear our appeal of the 'gag order' injunction Judge Orrick hit David ... at the request of the National Abortion Federation."

Daleiden noted that the clinic "had a contract with the company StemExpress to actually harvest and sell aborted baby parts and that clinic is a referral clinic that Judge Orrick helped start," which Orrick and his wife supported financially. 

The case is centered on Daleiden's multiple undercover videos from 2015 showing the abortion giant's alleged illegal sale of aborted baby parts. California prosecutors are charging Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress (CMP) with multiple felonies, while PP and NAF are suing both Daleiden and CMP in an effort to stop future undercover videos.
 
Orrick sided with the abortion groups, issuing a gag order against future videos that YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo censored and deleted from their sites. 
 
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case last month at the request of NAF, in spite of the fact that attorneys general from 20 states asked the Court to allow the public to view the videos.
 
The High Court upheld the gag order, which the petition insisted was "imposed specifically for the purpose of hiding information from the public, precisely because the information is of such significant public interest and concern — the procurement and sale of aborted fetal body parts."
 
Pro-life legal observers said the Supreme Court in the past has been less accepting of gag orders, citing "prior restraints on speech and publication are the most serious and the least tolerable infringement on First Amendment rights" since the purpose was to avoid "governmental suppression of embarrassing information." 
 
Planned Parenthood's advantages are just based on rigging the system. 

The petition reported Orrick's wife would use Daleiden's picture in Facebook posts to "endorse inflammatory public statements about the disputed facts of this case" while attacking Daleiden and CMP's undercover videos as "domestic terrorism." 

"Basically all of Planned Parenthood's advantages or any victories that they've had so far in the past three-and-a-half years are just based on rigging the system," insisted Daleiden. Petitioning to pull Orrick from the case "is our effort to unrig the system." 

Brejcha emphasized that his team "must fight even harder to clear David's name so he can release the videos from his undercover investigation" of PP because the abortion giant "won't spare a dime going after the one pro-life activist who can destroy them with the click of an email."  

Since the release of the videos, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Justice Department have launched investigations into the abortion giant for the alleged criminal trafficking in aborted babies' organs. 

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