Planned Parenthood videographers head to trial in Houston

The two Californians reject plea deal in baby-parts-for-sale case, will let jury decide
“[T]he criminal prosecution of Daleiden and Merritt, even if they did break the law, could chill undercover journalists and activists everywhere,” Cornell University law professors Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf said in a January 29 op-ed on CNN. (Photo by: Bob Levey/Associated Press)

“[T]he criminal prosecution of [David] Daleiden and [Sandra] Merritt, even if they did break the law, could chill undercover journalists and activists everywhere,” Cornell University law professors Sherry F. Colb and Michael C. Dorf [who support Planned Parenthood] said in a January 29 op-ed on CNN. (Photo by: Bob Levey/Associated Press)

The following comes from an April 29 Houston Chronicle article by Brian Rogers:

Anti-abortion activists accused of falsifying records to secretly videotape Planned Parenthood officials in Houston have rejected a plea deal that would have effectively put an end to criminal charges against them, their lawyers confirmed Friday.

David Robert Daleiden, 27, and his colleague, Sandra Susan Merritt, 63, both of California, are prepared to go to trial to fight the charges, their attorneys said.

“I don’t advise my clients to accept responsibility for cases that they haven’t done anything wrong in,” said Dan Cogdell, Merritt’s attorney.

The pair were charged in January with tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Daleiden was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of attempting to buy human organs.

After a brief status hearing Friday in court, attorneys said they will not accept offers of pretrial diversion, a low-level probation that would have allowed the charges against them to be dismissed if they did not break the law for a year.

It is commonly offered by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to first offenders with minor charges, such as shoplifting.

Earlier this month, attorneys for Daleiden filed motions to quash the indictments against him, arguing that the Harris County grand jury that handed down the indictments was not properly empaneled.

His attorneys, Jared Woodfill and Terry Yates, have said the indictments are “fatally flawed.”

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  1. This article would be much more informative if it detailed the government record with which the defendants are accused of tampering.

  2. Michael McDermott says:

    A Clear Summary of where this is headed:

    “Leading Us Down The Aisle
    Bludgeon of political correctness has taught us that we are not to ask any such questions of the emerging, politically correct, status quo.

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/leading-us-down-the-aisle

    The former Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, Harris Wofford, has announced his plans to marry his boyfriend, Matthew Charlton, this weekend…
    In this case, it amounts to nothing more than marketing.

    At ninety, Harris Wofford is experienced enough to know that he is effectively dropping a gauntlet

  3. Elizabeth says:

    David know that prayers are coming your way and also for your legal team!!!!

  4. Michael McDermott says:

    Here is the Pogrom Targeting the Church – Described by CHINO Nancy Pelosi:

    Nancy Pelosi lays out Democrats’ four-point plan to advance gay agenda

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/nancy-pelosi-lays-out-democrats-four-point-plan-to-advance-gay-agenda

    By legalizing same-sex “marriage” nationwide, the U.S. judiciary gave Democrats something they could not achieve legislatively, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told a press conference Thursday.

    Pelosi at the same time also disclosed the party’s four-part agenda to promote acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle across the nation.

    “Legislatively, we couldn’t really succeed, but from the courts and the rest…

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