The following comes from a January 26 press release from Life Legal Defense Foundation:
As you may be aware, David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress has been indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, on charges of tampering with governmental records and violating the Texas statute on human organ trafficking for allegedly offering to buy fetal tissue.
Sandra Merritt, who worked with Daleiden to investigate Planned Parenthood’s trade in fetal body parts, was also indicted on the tampering charge.
The tampering charge, which is a felony offense, is for the use of a California identification in order to enter the Planned Parenthood clinic for the purpose of investigation. It is the same charge that would be leveled at a minor who used a fake ID to purchase alcohol. However, the law also provides a defense where the false information has “no effect on the government’s purpose for requiring the governmental record.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott affirmed the commitment of the Attorney General’s office to further investigate Planned Parenthood’s activities, stating, “Nothing about today’s announcement in Harris County impacts the state’s ongoing investigation.”