A jury in San Francisco has begun deliberations in what is deemed the “blockbuster trial of the century” involving an undercover media operation that recorded Planned Parenthood officials admitting they allegedly sold aborted fetal parts and tissue while negotiating for higher fees.
As reported by Lifesite News, the federal trial “wrapped up” on Wednesday in a case involving the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Medical Progress “which pits David Daleiden and his pro-life investigators against the abortion giant that receives a half-billion dollars in public money annually.”
As Natural News reported in December 2015, the series of undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood official Deborah Nuctola talking about how the organization uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts to human biological firms.
In another, Mary Gatter, the abortion mill’s medical director’s council president, haggled over payments for intact fetal specimens.
In still another, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Savita Ginde negotiated on pricing for harvested body parts as she discussed how to avoid legal consequences and possible criminal charges.
In a fourth video, Melissa Farrell, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admitted that Planned Parenthood had been selling body parts illegally for a number of years.
A subsequent investigation by congressional Republicans turned up “more than enough evidence to indict Planned Parenthood for its illicit body part trafficking, which has garnered obscene profits for the abortion provider,” Natural News reported separately.
And for a time, it seemed like that might happen. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted that charges could be filed if the congressional probe turned up evidence that would warrant one. (Related: Planned Parenthood loses big in court, now ‘one step closer’ to getting defunded.)
“It depends on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation,” Sessions told Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) in November 2017. “Verifying the findings of the Congress could provide a basis for charges.”
Sessions would later resign under pressure from President Trump, and no charges were ever filed against Planned Parenthood though federal law generally prohibits the sale of fetal tissue if it “affects interstate commerce.”
Instead, Daleiden and his organization were cited. And already it doesn’t look good for them.
Lifesite News added:
Lawyers for the CMP citizen journalists on trial for exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in aborted baby parts say they were hampered by Judge William Orrick ruling out a First Amendment defense.
“Unfortunately, we couldn’t get Judge Orrick to back off from his insistence that the jury be instructed that the First Amendment … does not state any kind of defense to the charges in this case,” said Thomas Brejcha, founder of the Thomas More Society, in an update on the case, according to Lifesite News.
“Which, frankly, we think is a terrible misreading of our fundamental constitutional laws about free speech,” he added.
Orrick “had already found that the defendants trespassed when they attended, undercover, Planned Parenthood conferences in Miami and Orlando and met with Planned Parenthood executives at Planned Parenthood facilities in Colorado and Texas,” says an Archdiocese of San Francisco report.
Orrick “instructed the jury to only concern themselves with the damages that the defendants are liable for that trespass, both punitive and actual,” it stated.
Orrick is an Obama appointee. The former Leftist president wanted Orrick on the federal bench so badly that he nominated him twice — once in June 2012 and again in January 2013.
Worse, the notoriously Left-wing 9th Circuit, of which Orrick is a member, has allowed him to preside over this case despite the fact that he has ties to Planned Parenthood and his wife is a noted pro-abortion activist, Lifezette reported.
The Thomas More Society attempted to get Orrick barred from hearing the case but were not successful.