The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow Judge William Orrick to continue presiding over David Daleiden’s legal battle with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, despite apparent conflicts of interest.

The court rejected a petition from the Thomas More Society, which is representing Daleiden, to have Orrick removed from the case, Thomas More president and chief counsel Tom Brejcha has announced.

“You’ll recall that Judge Orrick has close ties to Planned Parenthood and his wife is an outspoken abortion activist,” Brejcha wrote. “This is another frustrating setback for David – especially after just last month the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear our appeal of the ‘gag order’ injunction Judge Orrick hit David with at the request of the National Abortion Federation.”

Thomas More is currently defending Daleiden and his pro-life group, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), against multiple criminal charges and lawsuits stemming from CMP’s series of undercover videos revealing abortion industry officials discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies. California prosecutors have charged Daleiden’s team with multiple felonies related to recording “confidential” communications, while Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation are suing to prevent CMP from releasing further videos.

Orrick has sided with the abortion groups, placing a gag order on future CMP videos. The attorneys general of twenty states have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the public to see the videos, but the court declined to hear the case last month.

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