California jury decides against video journalist Daleiden, awards $1m plus to Planned Parenthood

California jury decides against video journalist Daleiden, awards $1m plus to Planned Parenthood
David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt

[Ed. – A travesty.  The trespass charge would seem to be the hardest one to defend; I don’t even see how you’d get to racketeering with Daleiden’s work.  Should be an interesting appeal.  At least some key truths about Planned Parenthood’s operations have been revealed in the trial process.  It’s completely clear the organization traffics in baby parts, killing live babies to harvest them. Sickening.]

A federal jury in San Fransisco found undercover journalist David Daleiden and others associated with the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) liable for the crimes alleged against them by Planned Parenthood and seven of its affiliate organizations.

After hearing closing arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday, a panel of 10 jurors deliberated over six weeks worth of testimony for two days before deciding Daleiden and his colleagues owe Planned Parenthood $870,000 in punitive damages and over half a million in compensatory damages for their undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby body parts. The verdict found the defendants guilty under the federal Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law, among other crimes such as trespassing.

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