State high court halts preliminary hearing for David Daleiden

“The stay was based on political bias and selective prosecution”

Pro-life activist David Daleiden speaks at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 21, 2018. (Screenshot: Values Voter Summit)

The California Supreme Court issued a stay on a preliminary hearing in the felony trial for pro-life activist David Daleiden in which his attorneys were to present a defense that would have included their undercover videos of abortion providers.

Last Friday, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye put the hearing on delay until further notice, according to a press release emailed out on Monday morning on behalf of the Thomas More Society, which is representing Daleiden.

The high court’s decision to issue a stay put a halt to the hearing, which was scheduled to take place on Monday and was expected to last about two weeks.

“The stay was based on the political bias and selective prosecution,” stated the email, sent to supporters by Thomas Ciesielka of TC Public Relations.

Daleiden garnered national headlines back in 2015 when his California-based pro-life group the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos of abortion providers reportedly showing them engaging in illegal activities.

For their actions, Daleiden and pro-life activist Sandra Merritt were charged with 15 felonies in March 2017 by the state of California.

In February, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite concluded that Daleiden and Merritt’s legal team be allowed to present their arguments before a preliminary hearing.

These arguments were to include Planned Parenthood figures who were in the undercover videos made by Daleiden, as well as footage of the videos themselves.

The court also ruled, however, that for the preliminary hearing the names of the Planned Parenthood figures be kept sealed and that the videos be made inaccessible to the public.

“This latest court order gives us the ability to prove the link between David’s actions and uncovering violent felonies by the abortion industry, and to show that these videos were all taken in public locations where the conversations could be easily overheard,” stated Thomas More Society Vice President Peter Breen, who is representing Daleiden, at the time.

Full story at Christian Post.

Comments

  1. Not good for PP. From a DOJ website:
    “The preliminary hearing is like a mini-trial. The prosecution will call witnesses and introduce evidence, and the defense can cross-examine witnesses. However, the defense cannot object to using certain evidence, and in fact, evidence is allowed to be presented at a preliminary hearing that could not be shown to a jury at trial.”

    This means that not only does the prosecution have scant evidence they are able to show a jury, they apparently don’t have anything that they are unable to show a jury. The delusional progressive doubling down in the face of total humiliation is becoming a defining characteristic. I grasped fully Einstein’s definition of insanity, but 21st century progressives are…

  2. Wm. Hamilton says

    This story was confusing to me — couldn’t tell whether this development was a good thing or a bad thing for Daleiden et al. But found a story on LifeSite that cleared up my confusion. Here’s an excerpt:
    “The stay was issued so to “permit consideration” by the California Supreme Court of a petition for review filed by Merritt’s lawyers earlier in the day Friday. Daleiden’s defense team previously requested a stay but it was rejected by Hite and by the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One. Merritt’s petition prompted the grant of the stay order by the Chief Justice, thus halting today’s hearing for both Daleiden and Merritt.”

  3. Deo Gratias! They do not want the truth to be shown, they know there is nothing fake about David’s videos, and God is on his side,, and God and just one person is an army that cannot be beat.

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