Texas grand jury indicts anti-abortion video producers
By now you’ve probably heard that a Harris County (Houston) Texas grand jury was convened several months ago to investigate Planned Parenthood and charges that it was selling baby parts.
The case started in August, when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican and an outspoken opponent of abortion and Planned Parenthood, asked Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to open a criminal investigation into the organization.
The charges stemmed from videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that investigated and secretly recorded videos purportedly showing that Planned Parenthood was illegally selling fetal tissue for profit.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the indictment.
After viewing all the evidence, the grand jury concluded that the lawbreakers were in fact the people who produced the video, not Planned Parenthood. While PP was cleared of any wrongdoing, David R. Daleiden, director of the Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra S. Merritt, a Center employee, were indicted on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a felony. Daleiden was also indicted on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs.
Tampering with a governmental record is a second-degree felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison.