SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. District Judge William Orrick III found himself in the crossfire of competing interests Tuesday morning when asked to interpret his own temporary restraining order blocking an anti-abortion group from releasing hidden-camera videos.
A handful of state attorneys general have asked the defendants in the case to hand over videos to investigators who are looking into whether Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the supply of fetal tissue to researchers. Meanwhile, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has said her office will review whether the Center for Medical Progress and two individuals named as defendants violated state law when recording the videos at the National Abortion Federation’s annual conferences in 2014 and 2015. Further clouding the situation, defendants have invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
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