Undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who are responsible for the controversial undercover Planned Parenthood videos, have been acquitted of all charges.
Daleiden and Merritt were acquitted of misdemeanor charges back in June when a judge ruled that they were not guilty of attempting to purchase fetal body parts after they pretended to be employees of a fictitious company seeking bodies of unborn babies for experimentation in order to expose Planned Parenthood's alleged sale of fetal body parts.
Now, according to LifeSiteNews.com, Daleiden and Merritt have been acquitted of the felony charges brought against them, which included using a fake ID to gain access to a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Daleiden, who is the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, the organization sponsoring his undercover journalist activities, released this statement after getting news of his acquittal:
“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.”
Daleiden went on to call the dismissal of the charges against him and Merritt “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.”
If convicted, Daleiden and Merritt could have faced up to 20 years in prison.
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Publication date: July 26, 2016