Life Legal was present in court today as a San Francisco judge ruled that citizen journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt will head to trial for allegedly “eavesdropping” on conversations with Planned Parenthood executives. They recorded the footage in crowded venues to show that abortionists were engaged in illegal trafficking of baby body parts.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 14 counts of felony eavesdropping and 1 count of conspiracy against Daleiden and Merritt in 2017. In September of this year, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite held a two-week preliminary hearing to determine whether the AG had sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial. The key issue in the eavesdropping charges is whether the video recordings captured private conversations that the speakers did not expect to be overheard.
Today Judge Hite ruled that some of the discussions in public restaurants — such as the one featuring the abortionist who boasted about “crushing above” and “crushing below” to get intact body parts as she sipped her wine — were not private conversations under California eavesdropping laws. He subsequently tossed out 6 of the 14 eavesdropping charges. Daleiden and Merritt will go to trial on the 8 remaining eavesdropping charges, many of which stem from conversations recorded at a National Abortion Federation annual meeting, and the conspiracy charge.
The Attorney General sought to seal from public view all exhibits, including video evidence showing abortionists willing to sell baby parts for profit in violation of federal law. Judge Hite declined to seal the exhibits, citing the defendant’s constitutional right to a public trial.
The above comes from a Dec. 6 email from Life legal Defense Foundation.
Watch Debra Nucatola discuss crushing fetus above and below the thorax here.