U.S. District Judge William Orrick III said during a July 11 hearing that he will hold pro-life activist David Daleiden’s attorneys, Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira, in contempt of court for publishing videos of a National Abortion Federation annual meeting, in violation of an injunction. “Criminal defense counsel … do not get to decide whether they can violate the preliminary injunction,” Orrick told the attorneys in court.
Orrick issued an injunction in February 2016 barring Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, from publishing secretly taped videos of the National Abortion Federation’s annual meetings, stating that the safety and privacy of the federation’s members outweighed Daleiden’s First Amendment right to publish the information.
Daleiden filed a motion June 7 seeking to have Orrick disqualified from presiding over the case on conflict-of-interest grounds because he previously served as a board member of the…
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