Daleiden’s Problems Finally Absolved!

Barb Wire

While Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards preps for her DNC speech tonight, she and the rest of the country got some surprising news: the criminal charges against David Daleiden, the mastermind of the undercover videos exposing her organization, were dropped! After months of a political and legal smear campaign by liberals in Texas, District Judge Brock Thomas finished the work that Judge Diane Bull started and dismissed the second of two felony charges brought against David by Harris County District Attorney (and pro-abortion donor) Devon Anderson.

The court rejected the County’s argument that Daleiden and his coworker had tampered with government documents by using a fake ID and cleared the Center for Medical Progress’s duo of all guilt. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Planned Parenthood, which takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention still under congressional investigation for selling baby body parts and potentially violating late-term abortion bans. Still, the DNC could not be prouder to feature the scandal-ridden group, which Hillary Clinton continues to run toward while states run away.

In a statement, CMP knows where the real outrage should be directed: “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.” What’s more, he went on, “The dismissal of the bogus, politically motivated charges against [Center for Medical Progress] project lead David Daleiden and investigator Sandra Merritt is a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood’s political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny.” We celebrate with David that the Left’s best efforts at legal sabotage didn’t succeed and look forward to a day when the real culprits are brought to justice.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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