The San Francisco Superior Court dropped 14 of the 15 criminal charges on Wednesday against David Daleiden, Sandra Merritt and the Center for Medical Progress as “legally insufficient.”
Daleiden and Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress recorded investigative videos of Planned Parenthood conferences, exposing the abortion giant’s grisly practices, including the illegal sale of aborted baby parts for profit.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, an abortion proponent who received thousands of dollars in campaign donations from both Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League as a Democratic politician, disregarded the facts revealed by the undercover videos and instead attacked the messenger, seeking to destroy Daleiden’s credibility.
Becerra brought 15 charges against Daleiden, 28, and Merritt, 64.
“This is a politically motivated prosecution,” Daleiden responded.
While Judge Christopher Hite dismissed 14 of Becerra’s 15 accusations, the San Francisco court left plenty of room for the charges to be reinstated. Hite dismissed the charges with “leave to amend,” which means Becerra could present new or more specific evidence and simply refile his accusations.
Last year, another set of charges that pro-abortionists brought against Daleiden and Merritt in Houston were also dropped.
The only retained charge is that Merritt conspired to invade privacy. However, no undercover investigative journalist has ever been so charged.
The law applies to private conversations, and the CMP videos were taken in a public venue. Also, Becerra prosecuted Merritt without allowing her to constitutionally face her accusers, and Becerra did not give proper legal notice so Merritt could mount a defense.
Some in the mainstream media failed to provide all the details. KGO-TV, a San Francisco ABC affiliate, did not report on the dropped charges but instead stated that “the hearing ended with the judge continuing the case.” WKZO radio reported that Daleiden and Merritt “lost their bid for dismissal.”
Becerra and his office issued a similar statement. “The Judge requested more specificity in the charging document, specifically to identify the videos that are the basis of the charges. The California Department of Justice has 10 days to amend the complaint and will be making the requested changes.”
According to Reuters news service, Becerra has until July 17 to refile.
“The story is not over yet,” Daleiden told the FRC. “I’m all in. We have more videos that have yet to be released and there are more battles that have yet to be fought. I’m not giving up.”
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If the news media were honest folk, they would be rejoicing that this threat to investigative reporting has been blunted. We will have to see how they respond.
David Daleiden, keep fighting!