Contact: Alexandra Snyder, Life Legal Defense Foundation
HOUSTON, Feb. 3, 2016 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Life Legal client David Daleiden, Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, will post bail in Harris County, Texas on Thursday. Daleiden has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of tampering with a governmental record and violating the Texas statute on human organ trafficking. 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 to enter the Planned Parenthood facility for the purpose of the 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." The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Daleiden was also charged with human organ trafficking, a misdemeanor charge, for allegedly offering to purchase fetal body parts from Planned Parenthood. Inexplicably, Planned Parenthood was not charged with the corresponding crime of offering to sell human organs. Moreover, an attorney for Planned Parenthood has reported that the grand jury never even voted on charges against his client.
The charges filed against Daleiden and Merritt do not in any way diminish the overwhelming evidence obtained by the Center for Medical Progress showing that Planned Parenthood has engaged in and is more than willing to profit from the sale of fetal tissue. CMP released a new video on Tuesday that shows Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's Director of Research discussing "remuneration" and "compensation" with Daleiden, who posed as a fetal tissue buyer.
"If David's investigation had revealed evidence of criminal conduct in a meatpacking plant, his freedom would not be threatened," notes Alexandra Snyder, Life Legal's Executive Director, who is in Harris County with Daleiden. "The videos would be seen as providing a valuable public benefit and prosecutors would act on the information. We are confident that other agencies will take an objective look at Planned Parenthood's willingness to engage in illegal activity, including altering the abortion procedure to obtain intact fetal cadavers, that is clearly evident in the videos. In the meantime, we will do everything we can to defend David from these baseless charges."
Both Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have pledged to continue their respective investigations into Planned Parenthood's activities. According to Paxton, "The fact remains that the videos exposed the horrific nature of abortion and the shameful disregard for human life of the abortion industry."
Life Legal is representing David in three lawsuits filed against him and is working with his legal defense team in Harris County to file a motion to quash the indictment.About Life Legal Defense Foundation
Life Legal Defense Foundation was established in 1989, and is a nonprofit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information about the Life Legal Defense Foundation, visit www.lldf.org.