When Jurors Cry

A civil trial is underway in California in federal court although you’d never know that from watching network news sources.

Imagine you are the plaintiff. You are suing someone for $16 million. They filmed you without your permission. You go to court.

When one of your employees testifies that the videos harmed her and her family, the defense attorney points out that she has contradicted sworn statements she made in a deposition earlier that the videos had done her no harm since she had said nothing wrong.

The employee is Deborah Nucatola an “abortion provider” who spoke openly on the video recorded by David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt–the defendants in the case–about how she would alter her abortion methods in order to obtain baby body parts to sell.

Nucatola’s contradiction pried open the door to finally let the jurors see what all the furor was about. Until then, the judge had refused to let the jury members see any of the videos in question.

The video shows Nucatola munching on a salad as she cavalierly describes managing the abortion process for maximum profit. She describes how abortion site staff would meet every morning to discuss which parts were on order for that day.

A court observer provided analysis of the jury’s reaction to the film.

“The jury was stunned. It was the first time during the three-week trial that they had seen any of the debated video. It was a game changer and a huge victory for the pro-life defendants. Planned Parenthood’s star witness [Nucatola] turned into a star witness for the defense.”

One court observer said, “tears could [be] seen on the faces of some members of the jury as they watched Nucatola speaking on video ‘about liver, lungs, hearts, muscle, and calvarium (baby heads) that were harvested from the bodies of aborted babies.'”

Daleiden and Merritt have asserted that their recorded conversations always occurred in public places where others would be able to overhear. Therefore, the expectation of privacy was low, and so the recordings do not violate California law.

Further, Daleiden had earlier testified in a preliminary hearing that, before releasing the videos on the internet, he had interacted with police and public officials ten times over a one year period.

David Daleiden had not intended to release the videos to the public. He went to law enforcement. Ten times.

In the meantime, California regulators have shut down the businesses that had been buying baby body parts (often from children born alive)–and two congressional committees are investigating.

But Planned Parenthood, Nucatola’s employer has circled the wagons and is shooting back. They had hoped the jury would not see the truth the videos reveal.

The truth that they were picking apart the bodies of the most innocent humans for profit.

Now the fate of Daleiden and Merritt is up to twelve people. Twelve people looking through their own tears.

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22 Replies to “When Jurors Cry”

  1. Thank you, Nancy, for consistently breaking my heart about this important issue: unborn children being aborted daily. I cannot thank you enough for opening my eyes to this! God bless you!

  2. So very heartbreaking. I wish more people could see such videos to understand what really happens. Praying for all those precious babies and the moms.

  3. This is heartbreaking, Nancy. We recently (and finally) saw Unplanned based on the story you wrote about a while back. What happens behind the doors of Planned Parenthood is evil disguised as good. I’m praying for life and God’s honor with this current trial.

  4. When you’re worldview is a purely materialistic one, where human beings are just viewed as “highly evolved apes”, should we wonder why some people seem to think there’s nothing wrong with this? This is why the Christian worldview stands out as the ultimate ‘human rights view’ – because ALL human beings, from conception onward, are valuable simply because they’re created in the image of God, giving them inherent value. This is why we must teach people the truths of our faith. Lives depend on it! Thanks for championing this effort to shed light on these heinous deeds.

  5. This is so sad, Nancy. I am tearful as well. I remember vividly the first time I watched the video of Deborah Nucatola eating a salad with her glass of wine nearby as if this is a common practice and conversation. It’s sickening!

  6. I’ve been following this since these videos first surfaced. The footage on this tapes is appalling and shocking. The decay of our society is vivid and clear when people can get away with these types of atrocities toward the most vulnerable human beings. I hope the jury finds them all guilty.

    1. But the jury is trying the truth-tellers–and it’s a civil trial. The perpetrators of horror are not on trial here–yet, we hope and pray. Thanks, Melinda. God bless!

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