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At the end of Tuesday’s contempt hearing, Orrick ordered Daleiden to turn over 144 hours of the banned videos to attorneys representing him in the federal civil lawsuit. Orrick said Daleiden and his group may review those materials for defense purposes so long as they remain in the custody of the attorneys.
Absent such an order, National Abortion Federation attorney Derek Foran said, the parties would probably be back in court again, arguing over Daleiden’s unauthorized disclosure of court-barred materials.
Orrick did not precisely indicate whether Daleiden and his group would also be held in contempt, like his defense attorneys. But he did order Daleiden and his defense attorneys to pay damages to the federation.
The federation seeks to recover litigation costs for the contempt proceedings and expenses for increased security measures adopted to protect abortion providers whose identities were exposed by the leak of videos and names.
Anti-abortion activist David Daleiden and his attorneys must pay $136,800 for publishing banned videos of the National Abortion Federation’s annual meetings, a federal judge ruled Monday.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick III sanctioned Daleiden, his group the Center for Medical Progress, and his criminal defense lawyers for disclosing videos barred by a preliminary injunction. The judge found each of them jointly liable to pay security and litigation costs the federation incurred due to the leak of banned recordings.