Pro-life activists are cheering the decision of Texas prosecutors to drop felony charges against two reporters who exposed the practices of Planned Parenthood in undercover videos last year, but the attorney for one says the only reason they ever faced criminal allegations was due to politics.
On Tuesday, Harris County, Texas, prosecutors dismissed one felony count against Center for Medical Progress Founder David Daleiden and his colleague, Sandra Merritt. The felony charge was for “tampering with a government record for using false identification.” Daleiden and Merritt each faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Earlier this year, a judge threw out misdemeanor charges against the pair.
Merritt attorney Mathew Staver told WND and Radio America the decision was a relief and brings an end to a very frustrating case.
“Sandra’s pleased that this is now behind her, but it never should have been filed in the first place,” said Staver, who is founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.
The Center for Medical Progress produced a series of videos showing top Planned Parenthood officials casually discussing the killing of unborn children in ways that best preserved the body parts that were most valuable to researchers.
Staver said the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt was tasked with investigating possible crimes by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Instead politics rendered a different decision.
“They never should have indicted them. They didn’t do anything wrong,” he said. “There was no criminal activity or criminal intent in this case. There is, I think, a real target that they ought to go after. That’s Planned Parenthood.”