The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Monday a request by attorneys from the Thomas More Society and their co-counsel that it decide the case of David Daleiden, an undercover journalist whose videos the taxpayer-supported Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the commercial trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts. In David Daleiden et al v. National Abortion Federation, the Supreme Court was asked to overturn a lower court’s injunction that barred Daleiden from releasing hundreds of hours of still more videos, which according to the Thomas More Society, could be politically embarrassing and potentially incriminating for Planned Parenthood and other National Abortion Federation abortion providers.

The Supreme Court thus decided to leave unchallenged a ruling by District Court Judge William H. Orrick III (appointed by Barack Obama) of the Northern District of California to block the release of Daleiden’s additional videos. Daleiden's attorneys at the Thomas More Society are also asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to remove Judge Orrick from the case because of his personal ties to Planned Parenthood.

William Orrick III

In response to the Supreme Court's refusal to grant Daleiden’s petition for certiorari, attorney Tom Brejcha -- president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Socidety -- said, “Justice is not only blind, but it remains gagged for the time being.” Speaking for the nonprofit law firm, Brejcha continued, “We are confident David Daleiden’s First Amendment rights will be upheld ultimately.  We are disappointed with what appears to be the Supreme Court’s decision that these problems are better addressed at lower court levels at this time. When the smoke finally clears, we believe David Daleiden will be completely vindicated for exposing the truth about the abortion industry.” 

Thomas More Society attorneys Brejcha, Peter Breen, Matt Heffron, and Sarah Pitlyk have been representing aleiden in this civil suit, as well as a similar suit filed by Planned Parenthood, and in criminal prosecutions filed both in Houston, Texas, (dismissed a year ago in Daleiden’s favor) and in San Francisco.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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