A California judge dropped 6 of 15 charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the undercover journalists who revealed how Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry sell body parts of aborted babies.
Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite issued his ruling Friday, Dec. 6, dismissing part of the charges, but said there is enough evidence to continue supporting 9 charges that he said would violate California state law.
Daleiden and Merritt are the first undercover journalists to be prosecuted in state history, according to CBN News.
However, California law specifically authorizes the recording of confidential conversations if the purpose is to gather evidence of a violent crime, as it is in this case.
The covert videos, most of which were recorded at the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation (NAF), exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal involvement in harvesting and selling aborted baby body parts to companies like StemExpress.
The recordings capture Planned Parenthood executives haggling over prices of baby body parts, examining the bloody arms and legs of aborted babies on a tray and discussing how to alter abortion methods to obtain better body parts for sale.
The videos of these atrocities shocked the whole country.
At the trial, a witness from the abortion industry admitted that the videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) “were not altered.” Later, an executive director of a biotechnology company working with Planned Parenthood admitted that they harvested the hearts of aborted babies while they were still beating.
An independent forensic investigation also verified that the videos were authentic.
However, not all of the charges against the defendants were dropped.
“Daleiden’s undercover research into illegal baby body parts trafficking has spawned multiple lawsuits by the abortion industry. In the case of the California criminal charges, Daleiden’s exposé resulted in prosecution by Harris and her successor, Xavier Becerra, both of whom have been closely allied with, and supported by, Planned Parenthood,” one of Daleiden’s defense attorneys said, according to LifeNews.
According to LifeNews, Daleiden and Merritt also believe their prosecution is politically motivated by Democrats like Becerra and his predecessor, Kamala Harris, who received huge donations from the abortion industry.
Instead of paying for its crimes, Planned Parenthood denied the accusations and filed a civil lawsuit against undercover investigators. The trial began in October against Daleiden, Sandra Merritt, and other CMP members who helped publish Planned Parenthood’s covert videos.
As a result, Daleiden and the rest of the team were charged with more than a dozen counts, including trespassing, breach of confidentiality, wiretapping, and conspiracy.
The trial is independent of the criminal case against Daleiden and Merritt initiated by former California Attorney General Kamala Harris.