BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court will meet in conference on March 29th to discuss whether to hear David Daleiden's appeal of the gag order given to the National Abortion Federation (NAF). You see, in addition to the 15 felony charges the fanatically pro-abortion Attorney General of California filed against David, Planned Parenthood and NAF have also filed separate civil lawsuits seeking gag order injunctions to stop him from releasing more incriminating videos.
Before any action can be taken by the Supreme Court, the nine justices must first decide where to place David's case on the docket and, if so, when.
(Source: The Thomas More Society)
David Daleiden takes pro-life case to Supreme Court
(This article was published last August by the Baptist Press)
Lawyers for David Daleiden appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court last week over the ongoing litigation suppressing his undercover videos.
During the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation (NAF) annual conventions, the 28-year-old pro-life activist filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood workers allegedly discussing the illegal fetal tissue trade and late-term abortion procedures. In 2015, NAF filed suit, and Judge William Orrick issued a gag order to prevent the videos' release. Orrick ruled that if Daleiden released the videos to the public, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates could face "harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation." But Thomas More Society attorney Tom Brejcha, who helped craft the latest appeal, said journalists' free speech rights are more important.
"The notion that government needs to filter the truth and wield the censor's scissors is anathema here in our United States, and we trust that the Supreme Court will not abide this unprecedented suppression of truth and will soon let it be shared openly with all of our fellow citizens," Brejcha said. "[The] First Amendment does not permit anybody to be insulated against the scrutiny of law enforcement or freed from political embarrassment."
The NAF lawsuit is just one of several legal battles the Center for Medical Progress has faced. Last year, a Houston jury indicted Daleiden and fellow pro-life activist Sandra Merritt for their undercover videos.
Later, a judge dismissed all the charges.
In March, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged Daleiden and Merritt with 15 felony counts each, but a court dismissed all but two of those charges in June.
. . . Brejcha said a Supreme Court review of the ongoing case will be pivotal to maintaining our nation's free speech laws.
"What is ultimately at stake here is whether those who 'blow the whistle' on illegal or inhumane misbehavior in any industry may be silenced and even punished for telling the truth to the public at large and to those charged with enforcing criminal and regulatory bans on nefarious practices," Brejcha said. "Whether America will remain an open or closed society hangs in the balance." (Baptist Press News)
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