San Francisco’s Superior Court has dismissed 14 of the 15 felony charges filed against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for the crime of using undercover video to expose the gruesome and inhumane practices of Planned Parenthood, such as allegedly selling fetal organs and laughing about it. One charge still remains - conspiracy to invade privacy – but their attorney says they’ll concentrate on having that dismissed next. The Court found the other 14 “legally insufficient,” but Becerra has until mid-July to refile them if he can come up with more evidence, which in this case would mean “any evidence.”
Not surprisingly, Becerra and his predecessor, now-Senator Kamala Harris, have together received over $47,000 in campaign donations from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Coincidentally, both of those organizations give Becerra a 100% rating on pro-choice issues, although he obviously deserves a zero on First Amendment issues. Also coincidentally, as one defense attorney noted, this is the first time any citizen journalist or organization has ever been charged with a crime for undercover reporting, unless you count the previous attempt in Texas against the same defendants (that was thrown out of court, too).
If this same standard were applied to all undercover reporters, the crew of “Sixty Minutes” would be in San Quentin for life. Except, of course, they’d never expose Planned Parenthood, so they’re safe in California.