SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal jury has found that an anti-abortion activist illegally secretly recorded workers at Planned Parenthood clinics and is liable for violating federal and state laws. The jury ordered him and others to pay nearly $1 million in damages.
After a six-week civil trial, the San Francisco jury found David Daleiden trespassed on private property and committed other crimes in recording the 2015 videos. He and the Center for Medical Progress claimed Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue, which the group says it does not do.
Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face 14 criminal charges each of invasion of privacy in a trial to begin Dec. 6. They have pleaded not guilty and argue they are undercover journalists shielded from prosecution.
Planned Parenthood says punitive and compensatory damages total $2.3 million.