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Prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges before the pair could pursue their legal motion to quash the charges at a hearing, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The two faced up to 20 years in prison for a felony count of tampering with a government record for using false identification to gain access to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC), which is based in Houston.
“The dismissal of the bogus, politically motivated charges against CMP project lead David Daleiden and investigator Sandra Merritt is a resounding vindication of the First Amendment rights of all citizen journalists, and also a clear warning to any of Planned Parenthood's political cronies who would attack whistleblowers to protect Planned Parenthood from scrutiny,” said David Daleiden this morning. “Planned Parenthood tried to collude with public officials to manipulate the legal process to their own benefit, and they failed.”
“A year after the release of the undercover videos, the ongoing nationwide investigation of Planned Parenthood by the House Select Investigative Panel makes clear that Planned Parenthood is the guilty party in the harvesting and trafficking of baby body parts for profit,” he said.
Daleiden posed as “Robert Sarkis” and Sandra Merritt as “Susan Tennenbaum,” employees of the fictitious biological company Biomax.
There, they recorded officials discussing how they obtained “intact” fetal cadavers, used budget line items to dress up the remuneration Planned Parenthood received for aborted babies’ organs and tissue, and filmed the dissection of a child.
Peter Breen with the Thomas More Society represented the pair in the Harris County courtroom this morning.