Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Texas Grand Jury Clears Planned Parenthood and Indicts Makers of "Sting" Video

NY Times (Jan. 26, 2016): A Charged Blend of Law and Politics in a Texas Planned Parenthood Case, by Manny Fernandez:

On Tuesday, the Harris County district attorney announced that a grand jury investigation - based on an undercover video at a Houston abortion clinic purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials seeking to illegally profit from the sale of fetal tissue - had cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.  However, the grand jury indicted two of the individuals involved in making the video.  David R. Daleiden and Sandra S. Merritt were charged with tampering with a government record,  a felony,  for creating fake IDs that resembled California drivers licenses that they used in their meeting at Planned Parenthood.  Daleiden also faces a misdemeanor charge relating to purchasing human organs based on a email he sent offering to buy fetal tissue.

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