Undercover journalist David Daleiden will be arraigned at 2 p.m. (Pacific) on Friday, February 21, 2020, in San Francisco Superior Court on 10 felony counts for his videotape exposés of the abortion industry’s trafficking of aborted baby body parts. Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s criminal complaint includes multiple allegations of illegal recording, using fake ids, and conspiracy.
Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel Peter Breen, who has been leading the firm’s defense of Daleiden and his First Amendment rights, stated, “David is being charged as a criminal for using the same investigative reporting techniques regularly exercised by other journalists. These industry practices are often lauded and rewarded, but here in California, Mr. Daleiden is being charged as a criminal and threatened with years in prison for shining his investigative light on the dark secrets of the abortion industry.”
WHAT: The arraignment of undercover journalist David Daleiden on 10 criminal felony charges in The People of the State of California v. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt
WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2020, at 2 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Before Judge Christopher Hite in the Criminal Courts Division, Superior Court, 850 Bryant, San Francisco, CA 94103
WHO: Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel Peter Breen
The Thomas More Society continues to defend Daleiden, whose videos exposed a variety of illegal and unethical practices in the fetal tissue trade of the abortion industry. Because of his work to expose the practices of Planned Parenthood and its business partners, Daleiden was charged with multiple felonies by then California Attorney General, now U.S. Senator and former Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Harris and her successor, Xavier Becerra, are each closely allied with, and supported by, Planned Parenthood.
The preliminary hearing took place in September 2019 before Judge Christopher Hite in The People of the State of California v. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt and featured the following:
· a retired late-term abortionist who testified that she routinely killed babies in utero with digoxin to prevent what she called the “biggest disaster” – a live birth
· a self-proclaimed “celebrity” abortionist who boasted in court that born-alive babies are “one of the worst nightmares” for an abortion provider
· a former Planned Parenthood medical director who was caught in blatant contradictions during her testimony
· an abortion worker who confessed to knowing that her tissue procurement business partner was involved in profiting from the trade of aborted baby body parts
· an abortionist who tried to deny everything she was recorded saying on undercover video
· a fetal tissue broker who admitted selling baby hearts and intact baby heads and even fully intact fetuses
Each of the above witnesses was allowed to testify without being named – despite the fact that they are the accusers in the prosecution by which the State of California is trying to jail David Daleiden.
The Thomas More Society is also defending David against three civil lawsuits, one filed by Planned Parenthood, one filed by the National Abortion Federation, and a class action brought by anonymous abortion industry workers.
Read the 10-count indictment filed in Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on December 12, 2019, for which David Daleiden is scheduled to be arraigned on February 21, 2020, in The People of the State of California v. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Susan Merritt here.
Background on this and related cases in which the Thomas More Society is defending Daleiden for his exposé of Planned Parenthood’s alleged participation in trafficking baby body parts can be found here [https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/about/stop-baby-parts-trafficking/].
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