Investigator Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Cleared of Bogus Charges in Texas
- Author: Hannah Rogers Jun 27, 2016,
Jun 27, 2016, 9:49
David Daleiden, 27, and fellow activist Sandra Merritt, 63, were each indicted in January on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record for allegedly using fake driver's licenses to hide their identities while dealing with Planned Parenthood at a Houston clinic.
Planned Parenthood is challenging a wide-ranging set of new abortion restrictions passed by state lawmakers earlier this year.
Daleiden lawyer Jared Woodfill told Breitbart Texas, "This is a huge win for the pro-life movement". But Harris County Criminal Court at Law Judge Diane Bull on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor count Daleiden faced, ruling the indictment was flawed because prosecutors had failed to make reference within the indictment to any exceptions to the law prohibiting the purchase or sale of human organs.
"The dismissal of the first indictment today sends a strong message to Planned Parenthood and their political cronies that colluding to suppress the First Amendment rights of citizen journalists will never work", the statement said.
So far, CMP has released a dozen secretly recorded videos detailing Planned Parenthood's trafficking of the body parts of aborted babies.
(.) "The recent filings by the Harris County District Attorney confirm that the DA shared confidential documents and information with abortion provider Planned Parenthood, colluding with it in the prosecution of David Daleiden", said Thomas More Society Special Counsel, Peter Breen, attorney for David Daleiden.
They then produced a series of highly-edited videos that purportedly showed Planned Parenthood employees offering to sell aborted fetal tissue. The grand jury decided that Daleiden's goal was to do just that, by using his cover story to make a covert recording created to damage Planned Parenthood's reputation.
Planned Parenthood has said 24 states have either considered or enacted laws to restrict the organization from receiving public money. Ms. Anderson said her assistant district attorney, Lauren Reeder, had no involvement in the indictment.
David Daleiden speaks to supporters outside the Harris County Criminal Courthouse in Houston Feb. 4.
"An indictment's failure to negate an exception is the same as its failure to allege an essential element of the offense; it renders the indictment void", the judge said. He still faces a second-degree felony charge for using a fake driver's license to get in to the clinic, as does his partner Sandra Merritt. Abortion and the side practice of sharing body parts of infants will be granted additional legality.
"Pleased to announce the first sham indictment against me in Houston, TX has been dismissed", he wrote.