September 23, 2015

Center for Medical Progress' lawyers turn over unedited videos to Congress

Unedited videos recorded by Center for Medical Progress' David Daleiden will be in the hands of a congressional oversight committee as soon as Thursday, the group's Chicago-based lawyers said Wednesday. The group's unedited footage of encounters with Planned Parenthood has been subpoenaed by The U.S. House's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The Center said it will provide the requested videos, except for those that are being restrained by court order in California's Northern District Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas More Society, the Center's legal representation, says they are appealing in order to get the censured videos to Congress.

"We have respectfully contended in Federal Court, both before the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, that this Order is an illegal 'prior restraint' that violates CMP’s right to free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,and its California analog," the letter says. "We have also respectfully contended that this Order cannot apply to subpoenas from law enforcement agencies or the U.S. Congress."

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