Thomas More Society is defending David Daleiden, lead investigator into Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body parts
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) and Planned Parenthood have both filed federal “RICO” (racketeering) lawsuits against David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress in an attempt to silence free speech on the abortion industry’s sale of fetal body parts.
The Thomas More Society brings years of experience to defending these cases. The Society was formed back in 1997 in order to continue the marathon efforts of its founding attorney, Tom Brejcha, to defend against the abortion industry’s earlier effort to use RICO against the pro-life movement in NOW v. Scheidler, a national class action lawsuit. NOW v. Scheidler was prosecuted in Chicago from 1986 until 2014 when the Society won the case definitively after 28 years and three trips to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Contributing a dedicated defense to David Daleiden, Thomas More Society attorneys have been working around the clock, as well as travelling back and forth from Chicago to San Francisco (where the lawsuits are taking place) and Texas, where Daleiden was recently indicted. Please keep this case in your prayers!
Details about the abortion industry’s lawsuits and Thomas More Society’s defense of Daleiden:
On August 17, 2015, Thomas More Society and the rest of the legal team for Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress filed a motion to strike or dismiss the National Abortion Federation’s (NAF’s) Complaint pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP law. The anti-SLAPP motion challenged the legal sufficiency of all 13 claims asserted in NAF’s Complaint and highlighted clear deficiencies in NAF’s only claim asserted under federal law, namely, the RICO (racketeering) law. The motion to dismiss was not granted.
On September 15, 2015, TMS and legal team filed a Mandamus petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn a District Court ruling that, according to the Society, would chill Defendants’ rights of free expression by forcing them to defend against meritless claims brought by the National Abortion Federation. However, the Ninth Circuit ruled against the Mandamus petition. Therefore, Defendants and their legal team are being forced to produce discovery – an extremely time-consuming and expensive process to defend against NAF’s claims.
On January 14, 2016, Planned Parenthood filed a second “RICO” lawsuit against Daleiden. Thomas More Society (along with co-counsel legal organizations) is now working to provide David with a strong legal defense against both NAF and Planned Parenthood.
On January 25, 2016, David Daleiden and his fellow undercover investigator Susan Merritt was indicted by a Texas Grand Jury for alleged criminal activities. Thomas More Society is working to defend Daleiden’s innocence.
On March 28, 2017, The Attorney General of California charges Daleiden and fellow undercover journalist, Susan Merritt, with fifteen felony charges under California law. Fourteen of the charges are based on claims the pair recorded alleged “confidential communications” between complete strangers at public conferences and at public restaurants. The 15th charge alleges Daleiden and Merritt conspired together to commit the crime of recording confidential communications.
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