Attorneys general from 20 states filed an amicus brief with the court that ordered the journalist who exposed the sale of fetuses by abortionist Planned Parenthood through a hidden recording to pay $13 million to the organization.
According to Breitbart, attorneys general from the states of Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia joined together to file the amicus brief asserting that the district court “erroneously dismissed” the public policy interest in the undercover work performed by Center for Medical Development (CMP) journalists.
An amicus curiae, Latin for “friend of the court,” is one or more persons who are not a party to the litigation but who present an opinion or legal input. In the U.S. court system, federal, state, and local officials are allowed to present their views on a case without the consent of the court. The final decision as to whether or not the contribution made by the amicus is valid lies with the judge in the case.
How it all began
In 2015, David Daleilen and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Development recorded a series of undercover videos with Planned Parenthood executives.
In the videos these executives confirm to David that they could obtain intact organs from babies aborted at Planned Parenthood clinics to sell, as well as explaining, as if selling any type of merchandise, that they have done it before, how old the fetus has to be, and other bone-deep details.
Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) sued David and Sandra for publishing the videos that caused a stir.
What was the jury’s verdict
In 2019, the jury’s verdict was that the CMP journalists caused enormous harm to the abortionist by publishing the videos and ordered them to pay a $2.2 million fine for damages.
It is worth mentioning that the federal judge in charge of the case, William Orrick III, did not allow the jury to consider the information provided in the videos as evidence.
In its verdict the jury said Daleiden and Merritt and their colleagues committed fraud or conspired “to commit fraud through intentional misrepresentation,” and found that all defendants violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Who is the judge
CMP discovered that Judge William Orrick III is a member emeritus of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, a Planned Parenthood partner organization that is itself owned by the NAF.
They also found Facebook posts by the judge’s wife expressing support for the abortionists and criticism of Daleiden.
CMP tried unsuccessfully to have the judge recused because of the conflict of interest.
William Orrick III was appointed by former Democrat President Barack Obama.
What the attorneys general argued
In a separate lawsuit in December 2020, Orrick ordered Daleiden to pay $13.6 million to the abortionist also for “damages” caused, in addition to the $2.2 million from the RAF case.
However, the attorneys general argue that the judge’s decision to penalize the journalist is based on the fact that the videos provide no evidence of criminal activity, and that argument is completely flawed.
The amicus brief says the jury’s ruling convicts the journalists on the superficial grounds of alleged harm to the abortionist and of violating Planned Parenthood’s confidentiality but completely dismisses the fact alleged in the videos, the criminal practice of selling baby parts.
US judicial system corrupted by liberal judges
Despite the great work done by Daleiden and Merritt, who provided concrete and undeniable evidence about Planned Parenthood’s perverse practices of selling fetuses and their organs, the U.S. judicial system, at least in San Francisco has failed to do justice because there are specially appointed “judges” to allegedly free criminals and punish the innocent.