Center for Medical Progress asks that Judge be disqualified

By Dave Andrusko

David Daleiden

David Daleiden

David Daleiden, the citizen journalist who heads the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), has stepped up his efforts to have San Francisco federal Judge William Orrick III disqualified from the lawsuits brought against CMP by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation.

In a release sent out Wednesday, Daleiden said the CMP had filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that Judge Orrick’s “extrajudicial support of Planned Parenthood” means he should no longer preside.

Judge Orrick is responsible for the prior-restraint gag order that “censors CMP’s remaining undercover footage of Planned Parenthood at the National Abortion Federation’s annual meetings,” which CMP is currently is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the press release. Moreover

CMP’s undercover citizen journalism reporting led to the recent news that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Planned Parenthood, and an admission of guilt in a $7.8 million settlement by two of Planned Parenthood’s business partners for selling fetal body parts against the law.

Judge William Orrick

As NRL News Today readers know, CMP’s undercover videos documented the involvement of abortion clinics, particularly Planned Parenthood’s, companies that traffic in fetal tissue and organs, and universities which use the harvested organs and tissues in research. The videos led to separate investigations in the U.S. House and Senate and a referral by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution of several Planned Parenthood affiliates and companies involved in fetal tissue transfers, as well as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.”

Daleiden cited four specific facts about Judge Orrick which justified his disqualification, including most significantly, “While in a leadership role at a San Francisco family resource center, Judge Orrick helped open, run, and fund a Planned Parenthood clinic in partnership with the family resource center. That clinic is part of Planned Parenthood Northern California, which has NAF membership and is now suing CMP in Judge Orrick’s courtroom.”