SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge is defending his handling of a clash between abortion-rights advocates and opponents over the hidden-camera videos that ignited a firestorm around Planned Parenthood.

In an unusual filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III said he was justified in blocking an anti-abortion group from releasing videos or other information it gained by infiltrating the annual conference of the National Abortion Federation.

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