COURT HALTS HEARING FOR BABY BODY-PARTS VIDEOS OVER 'POLITICAL BIAS'

WND | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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A preliminary hearing in California to decide whether or not to try two reporters who went undercover to expose the abortion industry’s sale of the body parts of unborn babies has been postponed.

Attorney - General - Xavier - Becerra - Felony

Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 15 felony counts against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who went undercover for the Center for Medical Progress, producing more than a dozen videos in 2015 that captured Planned Parenthood executives and others on camera.

He accused the reporters of violating California’s strict privacy laws regarding making recordings, even though the videos often were made in public places such as restaurants and conferences.

Hearing - Monday - California - Superior - Court

A two-week preliminary hearing had been set to begin Monday before California Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite. The will decide whether Becerra, whose political campaigns have been subsidized by abortionists, can present enough evidence to require Daleiden and Merritt to defend themselves before a full-dress jury trial later this year.

The California Supreme Court issued a stay in the case, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced Friday.

Daleiden - Attorneys - Thomas - More - Society

Daleiden’s attorneys with the Thomas More Society told LifeNewsthe court based its decision on “political bias and selective prosecution.”

Defenders of Daleiden and Merritt insist they did nothing more than what reporters exposing wrongdoing have done for years in obtaining direct statements from relevant sources.

Defense - Issue - First - Right - Reporters

The defense repeatedly has raised the issue of the First Amendment-based right of reporters to people in public places.

The videos focused on Planned Parenthood executives and others negotiating for higher prices for baby body parts.

Videos - Online - States - Funding - Abortionists

The videos, which are still available online, prompted some states to pull funding for abortionists and adopt new rules. The U.S. House and Senate investigated and sent referrals for criminal investigation to the Department of Justice.

But the abortionists responded with civil lawsuits against Daleiden and his organization. And they convinced Becerra to pursue state privacy violation charges.

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