Harris County prosecutors offered David Daleiden a plea deal. He didn’t take it. Bravo.
You see, now that felony charges were brought against Daleiden for altering government records*, and a misdemeanor involving the purchase of human body parts, the death merchants have realized that it’s not a good idea to put the Center for Medical Progress investigator in front of a jury.
So they threw him a plea deal for a misdemeanor after Daleiden posted bail today. For his part, Daleiden stuck to his guns, asking prosecutors for an apology instead of a deal.
“I think we all know that every day that goes by that the Texas authorities do not prosecute Planned Parenthood for their illegal trade in baby parts, they are sending a message to the entire country,” Daleiden told supporters outside the courthouse. “The state of Texas right now is open for business in baby body parts.”
If Daleiden were to go to trial, the videos he made along with Sandra Merritt and the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts operation would certainly enter into evidence. And they’d be found to be truthful. And Planned Parenthood officials would be subpoenaed to testify at the trial. And they’d be found to be lying.
It’s that simple.
When the Harris County Grand Jury handed down the indictment, I wrote that this could be a huge favor for the pro-life cause. How could they possibly charge someone with attempting to purchase human tissue if there was nobody selling it? Did he force them to offer up the tissue for cash despite their objections and then offer up the video as proof of his crime?
Also, the First Amendment itself would be at the center of any trial.
“If we’re going to be prosecuting undercover journalists, we are sending ourselves down a very, very dark path,” [Daleiden’s attorney] said. “This is fully in the tradition, a long storied tradition, of undercover journalism.”
And the final nail in the prosecution’s embarrassing charges (from LifeNews):
With her top campaign contributor representing a prominent abortion practitioner and a Planned Parenthood board member working in her office, the attorney for pro-lifer investigator Susan Merritt said it’s no wonder that Devon Anderson indicted the pro-life investigators as opposed to Planned Parenthood.
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, told LifeNews: “There is a history of bias in the DA’s office involving abortion doctors and Planned Parenthood. We will intend to shine the light on the process. We believe the prosecutor and the grand jury twisted the law. Sandra Merritt should never have been indicted. The focus and the inquiry should and will remain on the horrific abortion practices of Planned Parenthood.”
Yeah, like nobody was ever going to find out that prosecutor Lauren Reeder, who works for DA Anderson, is a “Director” of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
This case is going to turn into dust very quickly and blow away, the death merchants having milked it for all the fundraising and propaganda they could get out of it.
*Daleiden was charged with a felony for using a fake ID.
“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,” Snyder explained.
I guess the grand jury never debated that fine point of law. They just served up a ham sandwich which the prosecutor’s office now has to eat.