California Tries to Silence Daleiden With Felony Charges for Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Sale of Baby Parts

Planned Parenthood's powerful friends in California use their office to try to silence pro-life filmmaker.

By Anika Smith Published on March 29, 2017

The undercover filmmaker whose work exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts has been charged with 15 felonies in the state of California.

Lead investigator David Daleiden and co-investigator Sandra Merritt have been charged with 14 counts of filming people without their consent and one count of conspiracy to invade privacy.

The complaint hinges on the claim that the recorded conversations were confidential. In a phone interview with The Washington Post yesterday, Daleiden pointed out that Planned Parenthood’s own president, Cecile Richards, called the setting of the conversations “nonconfidential.”

“Planned Parenthood’s own CEO might have to be the first witness that we call in opposition to the charges that are being brought,” Daleiden said.

Daleiden promised that in the coming weeks he will release unseen footage of his Planned Parenthood investigation.

These charges are the latest effort to discredit Daleiden and his investigation into Planned Parenthood’s grisly practices. While mainstream media accounts refer to “heavily edited videos,” the Center for Medical Progress has released hours of unedited footage. Viewers may hear for themselves the context of the conversations with Planned Parenthood and Stem Express officials when they negotiated sales and discussed organ harvesting.

Last April then-California attorney general Kamala Harris ordered a raid on Daleiden’s home. In that raid the rest of his undercover footage was seized. This happened while Harris was campaigning for Planned Parenthood. Harris used her pro-abortion platform to win the open Senate seat representing California last year.

The new California attorney general, Xavier Becerra, was praised by Planned Parenthood as a “champion for women’s reproductive rights” when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed him last year. So Becerra has in effect taken over Harris’s efforts to silence Daleiden.

Former Los Angeles district attorney Steve Cooley is representing Daleiden in the case. He is an old hand at rooting out political corruption: His administration has cracked down on corrupt politicians and attorneys. He reminded The Post that Kamala Harris began the “investigation” that led to Tuesday’s felony charges in order to “pander to her constituents and her supporters.”

“It was nothing more than a First Amendment journalist pursuing a good cause and fighting a battle, now a martyr who’s being crushed by the power of the State of California,” Cooley said.

David Daleiden released a statement yesterday. He pointed out that the Center for Medical Progress has faced similar charges before, and been vindicated:

The bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies are fake news. They tried the same collusion with corrupt officials in Houston, TX and failed: both the charges and the DA were thrown out. The public knows the real criminals are Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress and DV Biologics — currently being prosecuted in California — who have harvested and sold aborted baby body parts for profit for years in direct violation of state and federal law. We look forward to showing the entire world what is on our yet-unreleased video tapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise, in vindication of the First Amendment rights of all.

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  • Timothy Horton

    Daleiden is a criminal. He produced and distributed a false and deliberately misleading video by secretly taping people without their permission and splicing together out of context passages to push his harmful lies. I hope he gets the maximum jail term.

    • Charles Burge

      Did you miss the link to the unedited footage? It’s right there in the article.

    • MSS

      The forensic report from CoalFire report shows that those files were not false or deliberately misleading

      • Timothy Horton

        After these blatantly dishonest “hit piece” videos came out there were at least 6 separate, independent investigation of Planned Parenthood by both law enforcement and state governmental agencies. PP was cleared of any wrongdoing in every last one. Daleiden is a criminal and fanatical anti-choice nutcase who got caught committing felonies with his hatchet-job fake videos. I hope PP sues the pants off him for libel as well as seeing him get the lengthy jail term he deserves.

        • Charles Burge

          Ha ha… are you going to put Coalfire on trial now? They are one of the most highly respected data security companies in the world. On the other hand, the company hired by PP for their own forensic analysis is called Fusion GPS. They are the same company that was behind the fake “Trump dossier” that was released by Buzzfeed a few months ago, and also did political hack work for the Democrats in an attempt to discredit Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

          So, I think you have it exactly backward.

          • Timothy Horton

            Ha ha… are you going to put Coalfire on trial now?

            Not at all. CoalFire only investigated exactly what they were paid to investigate, the 2+ hours source videos. Those weren’t the shorter and blatantly dishonest cut and spice jobs Daleiden first released. But do keep defending this nutcase criminal. Show everyone how much honesty and morals mean to you.

          • Charles Burge

            LOL…. no it means you are completely delusional. I noticed you didn’t answer my question below. Are animal rights activists engaging in illegal activity when they use the exact same tactics to expose animal cruelty in slaughterhouses?

            Did you read the David French article that I referenced? Here’s a relevant quote from it:

            “California’s case is hardly airtight. In fact, there’s a California case explicitly holding that state criminal law does not apply to undercover journalist recordings nearly identical to Daleiden’s. In Wilkins v. National Broadcasting Company, the victims of an undercover Dateline NBC sting sued NBC, alleging (among other things) that it violated California Penal Code Section 632 (the exact provision at issue in Daleiden’s case) when it taped a lunch meeting at a restaurant with a company salesperson. The court ruled for NBC, holding that the lunch meeting wasn’t a ‘confidential communication'”

            Honestly, I hope this does go to trial, Because that means PP and Stem Express representatives will have to take the witness stand and testify under oath.

          • Timothy Horton

            Are animal rights activists engaging in illegal activity when they use the exact same tactics to expose animal cruelty in slaughterhouses?

            Animal rights activists secretly recorded employees then cut and spliced the recordings to produce a completely false and deliberately misleading pack of lies like Daleiden did?

            You seem to be the only delusional one. Keep backing those criminals who lie and commit felonies in the name of Jesus.

          • Charles Burge

            cut and spliced the recordings to produce a completely false and deliberately misleading pack of lies

            This is flat-out dishonest.

            Look… it’s clear that you’re in disagreement with most people here, and that’s perfectly fine with me. Normally I would welcome a discussion between us, because I think that when people of opposing viewpoints have a rational discussion, there’s a potential for both to learn from each other. However, it your starting position is going to be one of utter denial of facts that are obvious to everyone, I don’t see how we can even have a conversation.

          • Timothy Horton

            This is flat-out dishonest.

            On your part. It’s well documented how Daleiden heavily edited his short “gotcha!” videos, cutting out important context of statements and joining together unrelated ones to deliberately present a false picture. I’m sure you think such blatant dishonesty is fine since it was done to support your religious beliefs, right?

        • MSS

          So you believe the Fusion GPS report which was an arm of Guttmacher? Yes Coalfire was hired by an anti-abortion group. Which do you think is more trustworthy? An independent company which has its’ reputation at stake or a company that has close ties with PP? Just look at their webpages and tell me which one is more trustworthy?
          So you admit that CoalFire looked at the full videos which were made available to you and me so we can form our own conclusion. To me it is pretty obvious that the videos show PP was making money selling human body parts. As a forensic engineer if I am to make an accurate conclusion I need to see all of the photos and trust me when I write reports I could easily sway my reviewer by selectively deleting photos. Additionally, as an independent firm reputation is everything. What good would it be to write a report in favor of an insurance company if it ruins my reputation? The report that CoalFire wrote probably cost no more than 25K. Is that enough to run a business?
          Why were charges dropped in Texas against Daledein? Because it became quite clear that the grand jury was paid off by PP…In this California case even pro-abortion groups state that the indictment overstepped their bounds.

          • MSS

            Sorry only saw your initial response and none of the subsequent conversation. However, my comments still stand. I would also like to add that even the Fusion report stated that the videos were “heavily edited” but that they did not change the overall content.

    • Jim Walker

      If you record on video of someone murdering another person and cutting him up to sell his body parts, you will be charge too, by your logic.

      • Timothy Horton

        If you make a dishonest video lying about a murder that never happened and selling parts for profit which never happened either you certainly will be changed.

  • Paul Burgett

    Love that picture of David. That is a man who will stand in the assembly of the righteous.

  • Christian Cowboy

    It is never appropriate to justify the sins of one group by holding up the sins of another. If the journalist did something wrong it doesn’t make what Planned Parenthood was doing right.

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