Yesterday, the Harris County District Attorney’s office dropped all charges against Center for Medical Progress CEO David Daleidon, clearing him of any prosecution in what started out as an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s attempts to sell human body parts procured from abortion.
Daleidon’s videos spawned several investigations of the abortion giant, some of which are still ongoing.
But in Houston, TX, the investigation curiously turned away from Planned Parenthood and its outrageous acts and onto Daleidon, who was attempting to shine light on the dark, back-alley side business of Planned Parenthood.
In January of this year, Harris County, TX District Attorney Devon Anderson not only dropped the investigation of Planned Parenthood; she went on to lead the grand jury to target Daleidon and one of his co-workers, Sandra Merritt. While many were shocked, the pro-life community quickly understood: When Planned Parenthood is attacked, it pulls out all stops.
Now that the charges were dropped, here are 8 facts regarding this case which pregnancy help organizations need to know:
Daleidon was originally charged with two crimes
On January 25, 2016, a Texas grand jury—led by District Attorney Anderson–cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (TX) of selling human organs for profit—a charge based on videos by the Center for Medical Progress.
At the same time, Anderson held over the grand jury to consider charges against Daleidon and Merritt. The grand jury charged Daleidon with attempting to solicit a sale of human organs, and charged both Daleidon and Merritt for tampering with government documents by using fake driver’s licenses as part of their undercover investigation. The latter charge can lead to up to 20 years in prison.
Both Daleidon and Merritt refused plea bargains, ready to fight the charges and prove their innocence.
Daleidon and Merritt were cleared of one charge in June
On June 13, Judge Diane Bull threw out the charge against Daleidon of attempting to solicit the sale of human organs, pointing out that the indictment did not properly address a clear exception to the law.
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The Tuesday dismissal of the remaining charges is a “surprise,” but shouldn’t be
The Houston Chronicle reports that before a hearing on the legitimacy of the indictment, the charges regarding “fake government documents” (driver’s licenses) were dropped.
Though the Chronicle calls the move a “surprise,” one can draw the conclusion that because the other charge was thrown out so easily by a judge, the Harris County prosecutor’s office may be trying to avoid another embarrassment.
The Harris Co. DA’s office has ties to Planned Parenthood and colluded with the abortion giant
At the time of the indictment in January, District Attorney Devon Anderson told reporters she was determined to “go where the evidence leads us.”
Yet, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast attorney Josh Schaffer was forced to admit under oath that the DA’s office broke the law by sharing information with him as the investigation unfolded; an act expressly forbidden by the Texas Attorney General’s office.
While she was not directly implicated in the wrongdoing, it was noted that Assistant District attorney Lauren Reeder is a board member for Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, having served since 2013. She is also a leading fundraiser for the organization.
Devon Anderson has close tie with abortionist attorney
Anderson’s push to prosecute Daleidon fits what may be a pattern. In 2013 Operation Rescue released evidence of abortionist Douglas Karpen killing babies born alive after botched abortions, forcing Anderson to convene a grand jury.
Stunningly, Anderson handled the prosecution so poorly that the grand jury failed to bring charges. Perhaps related? Karpen’s attorney, Chip Lewis, has poured $25,000 into Anderson’s campaign coffers.
Anderson is not the only one targeting Daleidon
California Attorney General Kamala Harris also has Daleidon in her sights. In April of this year, the state’s department of justice raided Daleidon’s California home and seized many of his videos, including one yet to be released.
Shock! Harris has a strong link to . . .
Harris, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, also has ties to Planned Parenthood. During her AG re-election campaign in 2014, Harris pulled in $15,000 from the abortion giant. This year, she posted a petition on her Harris for Senate campaign page asking supporters to sign up in favor of keeping funds flowing to Planned Parenthood.
President Obama recently endorsed Harris in her run for the U.S. Senate. Harris is running against fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez in the race, where the top two primary vote-getters (no Republican made a serious run) will face off in November.
Daleidon is not backing off
In a statement after the final charges were dropped, Daleidon’s Center for Medical Progress said, “Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed. A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit.”