Daleiden lawyers found in contempt of court

Judge says Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira are in violation of his order banning the release of videos from National Abortion Federation conferences in 2014 and 2015

Planned Parenthood investigator David Daleiden walks into the courthouse last year in Houston. (image: Lisa Bourne / LifeSiteNews)

David Daleiden’s two criminal defense attorneys were found in contempt of court for releasing video footage that exposed callous discussions of dismemberment abortions and selling body parts after a federal gag order barred publication.  

The judge in the case is still considering whether to hold Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in contempt.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick found Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira in violation of his federal court order Tuesday that banned the release of the CMP videos from the National Abortion Federation (NAF) conferences in 2014 and 2015.

Orrick is expected to order Daleiden’s attorneys to pay financial damages to the NAF shortly, according to Alexandra Snyder, executive director for Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), which is coordinating the various attorneys representing Daleiden.

Daleiden, the lead investigator for CMP, would likely be ordered to pay NAF as well if he is found in contempt, and he will probably be required to sign a declaration stating he will not release any more video.

Daleiden still has a significant amount of video that has not yet been released.

Orrick had ordered Daleiden and his criminal attorneys to appear on the contempt charge earlier this summer.

The order stemmed from the attorneys having released the videos in May. Cooley and Ferreira argued in Tuesday’s contempt hearing that the videos are key in providing the CMP project lead proper defense in his criminal case.

That defense hinges on a California eavesdropping statute that protects confidential conversations. The videos show the NAF meetings were a public gathering with people milling around, where Daleiden’s legal counsel contends there could be no expectation of confidentiality in this sort of setting.

CMP tried to get Orrick disqualified from the case in June but was unsuccessful.

The request was made because Orrick had served on the board for Good Samaritan Family Resource Center in San Francisco, which partners with Planned Parenthood, allowing the abortion provider to operate out of its space. He was also secretary for Good Samaritan during the time it was entering its “key partnership” with Planned Parenthood.

The San Francisco Superior Court threw out 14 of 15 criminal charges against Daleiden, CMP and Daleiden’s CMP associate, Sandra Merritt, in June, finding they were “legally insufficient.”  

However, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed amended charges last week.

Becerra is an abortion proponent who accepted thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Planned Parenthood and NARAL as a Democratic congressman.

Full story at LifeSiteNews.

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  1. Michael McDermott says:

    “Fear – and Trembling Obey” – Ming the Merciless

    I wonder if Enrique Pearce of Larry Brinkin faced any similar charges for sharing their videos of Sadistic Rape, Sodomy and Abuse of Toddlers & Young Boys (including some ‘candid’ shots at SF City Hall) – or did their standing in the GILBERT ‘Tolerance Gaystapo’ preclude inclusiveness in charging?

    Consultant Pearce had shocking photos, videos of abuse, DA says
    http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Political-consultant-Pearce-had-videos-of-child-6261822.php
    Enrique Pearce, a campaign consultant who worked with Mayor Ed Lee and many other well-known political figures in San Francisco, had photos and videos of infants and young children being raped and sexually violated…

  2. St. Christopher says:

    Well, Satan never sleeps, and neither do his children. Why is this judicial behavior surprising. Perhaps counsel should have taken more care with the Judge, but, in the end, the court will mete out justice as an arm of the pro-abortion State, not justice or the rule of law.

    Remember, Nazi Germany had many laws and courts; all very legalistic. Our legal system is largely corrupt now in much the same way. The Rule of Law is now the Rule of Politics; and politics generally favors sexual license and immoral behavior. Judicial decisions will always follow that.

  3. Michael McDermott says:

    COMPARE the Treatment of David with that of Juan ‘Enrique’ Pearce by ‘Our Justice’ System:

    #PedogateSFO: Will Well-Connected Pedophile in California Politics Escape Jail Time?
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/03/21/pedogatesfo-will-well-connected-pedophile-in-california-politics-escape-jail-time/
    It’s another case that vividly illustrates how politically and judicially connected child exploiters escape punishment and scrutiny. San Francisco Police nearly two years ago arrested prominent Democratic Party political consultant and attorney Enrique Pearce, 43, on six felony charges related to the possession and distribution of grotesquely sadistic child pornography involving the brutal rape and molestation of young children and…

  4. Michael McDermott says:

    ** Juan Enrique Pearce Pled Guilty to Felonies (plural) and got 6 months in County Jail = Case # 15010531 in SF Superior Court – ‘Retired’ Judge Rene Navarro.

    He wil allegedly be placed on the “Sex Offender Registry” For Life – unless Senator Weiner’s SB 421 Lets him off. BTW 421 Passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee with only One No Vote – and Amendments change those qualified from “Below Average & Very Low Risk” to Re-Offend, to Include AVERAGE RISK to Re-Offend

    Like others Politically Well Connected to the Sodom by the Sea Pederast Power Structure

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