David Daleiden, the undercover activist who recorded hours of footage of Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue, now faces one less charge in court. Today, a judge handling one part of the case against Daleiden dismissed a misdemeanor charge for trafficking in fetal tissue. The Center for Medical Progress, the group run by Daleiden, published a statement about the dismissal:
Judge Diane Bull’s swift dismissal of the bogus charge against CMP founder David Daleiden of trafficking human organs is the latest confirmation that the indictments from a runaway grand jury in Houston were a politically-motivated sham all along. In finding that the indictment was void on its face, Judge Bull’s ruling directly contradicts the District Attorney’s argument that the indictment was valid despite the DA’s collusion with Planned Parenthood. The dismissal of the first indictment today sends a strong message to Planned Parenthood and their political cronies that colluding to suppress the First Amendment rights of citizen journalists will never work. The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of its investigative journalism work and as more details about Planned Parenthood’s contracts for aborted baby parts come to light, it’s clearthat Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress are the ones who are guilty of trafficking in human body parts.
Daleiden still faces one felony charge of using a fake ID to access a Planned Parenthood office in Texas. Time magazine explained back in January how this charge became a felony:
Daleiden and an associate breezed past the building’s metal detector, and allegedly presented as identification a phony California drivers license with the name of an alias, Robert Sarkis. In normal cases, the use of a fake ID would not warrant felony charges; a grand jury would not, for example, throw the book at an underage kid using a phony government ID to pick up a six-pack of beer. But Texas state law includes a provision that elevates this transgression—knowingly using a fake government document—to a second-degree felony if “the intent is to defraud or harm another.” The grand jury decided that Daleiden’s goal was to do just that, by using his cover story to make a covert recording designed to damage Planned Parenthood’s reputation.
Daleiden’s attorney disputed the charge, telling Time, “That law was not intended at all to apply to this sort of conduct.” A Planned Parenthood spokesman celebrated the charges, telling Time, “As the dust settles and the truth comes out, it’s become totally clear that the only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the criminals behind this fraud, and we’re glad they’re being held accountable.”
If convicted under the remaining felony charge, Daleiden could face up to 20 years in prison.