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California court dismisses charges against makers of films exposing Planned Parenthood

June 22, 2017

A California judge has dismissed 14 criminal charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose undercover videos exposed the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the sale of fetal tissues.

California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra, who had received generous campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood, had brought 15 felony charges against Daleiden, Merritt, and the Center for Medical Progress, saying that they had engaged in a criminal conspiracy. Only one charge now remains: an invasion-of-privacy complaint against Merritt—whose lawyers said that they are confident that charge, too, will eventually be dismissed.

Criminal charges against the Center for Medical Progress have also been filed, then dismissed, in Texas.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 23, 2017 11:58 AM ET USA

    Thanks be to God! This is a very significant victory for the truth.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Jun. 23, 2017 5:30 AM ET USA

    Wonderful news! In this atmosphere of political witch hunts you can never be sure whether courts will uphold the law or decide to make new law.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Jun. 22, 2017 6:12 PM ET USA

    Good news, indeed!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 22, 2017 5:48 PM ET USA

    Thanks to the judge in San Francisco for his ruling on the dismissal of charges. Bad move by Xavier Becerra; a clear conflict of interest. He should have recused himself.