Attorney General Mark Brnovich led a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to the law enforcement gag order issued in the David Daleiden and Center for Medical Progress v. National Abortion Federation case.
Daleiden is asking the Supreme Court to remove a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals injunction barring him from releasing additional undercover footage from a National Abortion Federation convention because of a non-disclosure agreement that he signed to attend the conference.
The attorneys general argue the Ninth Circuit’s decision to block the release of certain undercover videos to law enforcement sets a dangerous precedent that could hamper law enforcement’s ability to effectively receive and investigate possible civil and criminal wrongdoing.
If the decision were to stand, everyday law enforcement investigations could be restricted if involved parties signed a contractual disclosure agreement, and this would empower wrongdoers to shroud their actions and communications. Ultimately, well-meaning whistleblowers attempting to report suspected criminal activity could be barred from communicating with law enforcement under the threat of court-enforced injunctions and costly legal proceedings.
Arizona was joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin in their brief.
Full story at Arizona’s Attorney General website.