Jury That Prosecuted Pro-Life Investigator Never Voted on Charging Planned Parenthood

800px-PlannedparenthoodHoustonHOUSTON, Texas — The Texas grand jury that leveled criminal charges against a pro-life leader who investigated the practices of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood never voted on whether or not to charge Planned Parenthood with any crimes, reports state.

An attorney with Planned Parenthood revealed the information to the Associated Press on Wednesday, stating that a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s office told him that the jury didn’t vote on whether or not Planned Parenthood had committed any wrongdoing.

“Planned Parenthood attorney Josh Schaffer said a prosecutor told him the grand jury never even voted on possible criminal charges against the nation’s largest abortion provider,” the outlet reported. The name of the prosecutor was not cited.

Some state that the revelation means that the abortion giant wasn’t even investigated, although Republican lawmakers had specifically requested that District Attorney Devon Anderson open up an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices in the first place.

“No vote means no investigation,” Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice president of Operation Rescue, said in a statement. “The people are entitled to an unbiased investigation into the serious allegations of illegal conduct by Planned Parenthood. That does not appear to have happened.”

Instead, jurors considered and voted on charges against the pro-life group that sought to expose concerns surrounding Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and sale of fetal organs.

As previously reported, David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) was indicted on Monday on a felony charge of “tampering with a governmental record” for creating a fake driver’s license in conducting his undercover investigation, as well as a misdemeanor count related to the purchasing of aborted babies.

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“The tampering charge … is for the use of a California identification in order to enter the Planned Parenthood clinic for the purpose of investigation,” Katie Short with the Life Legal Defense Association told reporters. “However, the law also provides a defense where the false information has ‘no effect on the government’s purpose for requiring the governmental record.’”

Daleiden, 27, had posed as a representative of a fetal tissue procurement company in order to engage in discussions with Planned Parenthood officials as a potential buyer of bodily organs. He recorded the interactions, conducted at various locations across the country, as part of his “human capital” investigative series that was released in July.

Sandra Merritt, 62, was also charged with tampering with a governmental record for likewise printing the license, which was used to obtain access to Planned Parenthood gathering in Houston.

The first of nearly a dozen videos was released by CMP featured Planned Parenthood Medical Director Deborah Nucatola, who nonchalantly munched on salad and sipped wine as she talked about adjusting the child so as not to crush certain organs due to the demand for the body part.

“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps,” she explains. [Y]ou’re just kind of cognizant where you put your graspers. You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that—-you know. We’ve been very good at getting the heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so ‘I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.’”

The second video showed Mary Gatter, the president of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Directors Council, haggling with the undercover investigators about the compensation for the fetal organs, laughing, “I want a Lamborghini.” Other footage showed an actual aborted baby being dissected in a dish, with an assistant declaring, “Another boy!” and another video showed an abortionist laughing about how harvesting an intact baby head would be “something to strive for.”

Some had questioned if Harris County’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices would be fair following the discovery that a prosecutor in the Division of Criminal Family Law also serves as a director on the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

According to reports, Lauren Reeder told Anderson earlier this year about her work with the abortion giant in order to be “transparent.” However, she also said that she didn’t see a conflict of interest in the situation.

“I don’t think there’s any conflict in my dual roles in two separate organizations,” Reeder told reporters.

Anderson said that Reeder would not be involved with the case.


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  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/ DavidHart-slowlyboiledfrog.com

    For the record, Daleiden is not accused of using a fake driver license. Rather he is accused of having altered a California driver license. The latter is generally a more serious offense.

    • Angel Jabbins

      Somehow I just can’t get worked up with all the righteous indignation you seem to have about his crime. I guess the awful images of those tiny baby parts and the vile and graphic descriptions of the PP big wigs are still too vivid in my mind and heart…. ‘a (far) more serious offense’, in my book.

      • acontraryview

        “Somehow I just can’t get worked up with all the righteous indignation”

        Please cite what “righteous indignation” was included in his post.

        • Angel Jabbins

          ..the latter is a more serious offense’….that righteous indignation.
          But I would rather disobey men’s rules and obey God. He exposed what PP is really doing behind closed doors and he did it the only way he could. Now we all know the horrible, uncomfortable truth, even if we want to sweep it under the rug by putting this guy in prison for 20 years. The truth is out of the bag…finally… thanks to this brave young man.

          • Bob Johnson

            Actually David has not exposed any illegal activity. His videos with the heavy editing has caused many states to investigate Planned Parenthood. The results are that every investigation has found no illegal activity at PP. These investigations have found illegal and or unethical behavior on the part of David and his associates. David’s misleading and manufactured illegal activities on the part of PP has backfired.

            We how have the story of the boy who cried wolf. States will be less likely to start investigations in the future for fear of being called a witch hunt.

          • Angel Jabbins

            If even only a part of what was shown in those videos is true, it is still absolutely horrifying. Even without the audio, what I saw was disgusting and anyone who is not disgusted by it is completely heartless.

            That no charges have been brought against PP does not mean a thing. Everyone knows how powerful they are and they have many friends in high places to do their bidding. They won’t escape justice forever though….just like Hill and Bill who always seems slip by unscathed from all their many scandals. But we all know where there is smoke there is fire. What they are behind the facades…liars, con-artists, and elitists. All the same crowd.

          • acontraryview

            “Everyone knows how powerful they are and they have many friends in high places to do their bidding.”

            So you are suggesting that all of the State and Federal investigations, launched by individuals who are NOT friends of PP, that found no evidence of illegal activity, reached that conclusion because PP is so powerful and has many friends in high places to do their bidding. What evidence can you provide that would support that statement?

          • acontraryview

            Under the law, altering a government issued ID is a more serious offense than simply using a fake ID. That is the truth of the law. How is it “righteous indignation” to point that out?

            “But I would rather disobey men’s rules and obey God.”

            That is your choice.

            “He exposed what PP is really doing behind closed doors”

            What is it he “exposed”?

            “by putting this guy in prison for 20 years.”

            Who said that this person should go to jail for 20 years and how would his being in jail sweep anything “under the rug”?

            “The truth is out of the bag”

            What truth?

          • Angel Jabbins

            What truth? Tiny baby body parts (arms, legs, eyeballs, hearts, livers) in a dish and PP workers fishing around among them to point out the best ‘specimens’ for sale. That is the truth of what is happening at PP (the pictures did not lie)….a horror show. If you are comfortable with that then I am very sad for you.

          • acontraryview

            Abortion providers – not just PP – provide portions of aborted fetuses to research facilities. That has been done for years, is legal, and is widely known. They exposed nothing. They did not “sell” them. They provided them in accordance with the law and received reimbursement for expenses as is also provided for under the law.

            If you disagree with the law, you are certainly free to work to get it changed. PP, however, did nothing illegal.

          • Angel Jabbins

            So you ARE comfortable with it. I repeat….I am very sad for you.

          • acontraryview

            Since what you stated is not accurate, I can be neither comfortable nor not comfortable with it, as it is not reality.

            I’m very sad for you.

          • Angel Jabbins

            Either you did not view the videos….did not see for yourself the tiny hands, feet, hearts, eyeballs…parts of many tiny babies all thrown into a pie plate like so much rubbish to poke through. Or you DID see it and it did not pull on year heart strings in the least. In that latter case, you are either a cold heartless person or are in total denial. I suspect the latter… as with most in the pro-death camp. Denial as to what is being killed…denial about the selling (whether for profit or not) of human baby parts. To you, they are just POA…products of abortion.

          • acontraryview

            I did see the videos and they most certainly tugged on my heart strings. That, however, is not relevant to the discussion, which is whether PP was violating the law.

          • Angel Jabbins

            You ARE comfortable with it if you can come on here an defend the indefensible. And, it is not lying for me to state my opinion based upon statements you yourself have made here. But, I guess this is what I would expect you to come back with….’you’re lying about me!’ To say I am sad for you is the truth and no lie.

          • acontraryview

            “And, it is not lying for me to state my opinion based upon statements you yourself have made here.”

            Agreed. The lies were your stating that this man is going to jail for 20 years and that PP was selling baby parts. The first has not been determined. That latter is not true.

            “‘you’re lying about me!'”

            The only lie you have told about me was in your last reply that I am “comfortable with it”.

          • Angel Jabbins

            From Time’s website:

            “A grand jury in Harris County, Tex., indicted Daleiden, 27, on two counts: one second-degree felony charge of tampering with a governmental record, and a misdemeanor charge related to the prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs. Under Texas law, the felony charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.” Google it…you will find it.

            It is not a lie to make a judgment about someone from what they say. If you are uncomfortable with it, then why are you on here every day so staunchly defending the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies?

            BTW, it is adult stem cell research that is having the most success at curing illness and saving lives. You can read about all the successes at stemcellresearchfacts. com.

          • acontraryview

            “Under Texas law, the felony charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.”

            Please note the words “up to 20 years”. That means that IF he is found guilty during a trial that has NOT taken place yet, he COULD receive a sentence of up to 20 years but he could also receive a sentence LESS than 20 years. Therefore your statement: “by putting this guy in prison for 20 years.” is false. He hasn’t even gone to trail yet.

            You also have failed to answer my question regarding how a prison sentence would “sweep this under the rug”.

            Your statement that PP is selling body parts is simply a lie. Numerous investigations have been done regarding those accusations and they have been proven false.

            “then why are you on here every day so staunchly defending the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies?”

            I’m not. That is simply another lie by you.

          • Angel Jabbins

            And what makes you think they will not want to make an example of this guy so nobody else tries to tamper with or expose the things going on at PP? If they can get him convicted, I think they will throw the book at him. My statement was not false… a ‘lie’. It is a very real possibility. Of course we don’t know yet what a jury will decide, if he will get all 20 years. But the potential for that is surely there and could very well happen in today’s climate.
            You are still calling me a liar simply for stating my opinion of you based on your statements. It is not a lie to simply state an opinion now is it? Well…wait a minute…considering the post modern mentality…probably is now.

          • acontraryview

            “And what makes you think they will not want to make an example of this guy so nobody else tries to tamper with or expose the things going on at PP?”

            The legal issue has nothing to do with PP. The legal issue is falsifying a government issued ID. In that regard, the sentence, IF he is found guilty, would be determined based upon the severity of the act committed with the fake ID. Based upon what he used the ID for, it is unlikely that a jury would recommend the high end of the sentence or that the judge in the case would impose such a sentence. It could, of course, happen, but it is unlikely. Either way, to state with assurance that “we are going to put this guy in prison for 20 years” is false.

            “You are still calling me a liar simply for stating my opinion of you based on your statements.”

            No, I am not. I said that you lied when you stated “we are going to put this guy in prison for 20 years”, and that you lied when you said that PP is “selling” baby parts.

            Further, you said that I am “on here every day so staunchly defending the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies?” I have made no comments “staunchly defending the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies” – so that statement is a lie.

            You also have failed to answer my question regarding how a prison sentence would “sweep this under the rug”.

          • Angel Jabbins

            I wouldn’t be so quick to just assume Daleiden won’t get 20 years if convicted. He is a Christian and he went up against a powerful politically correct organization with power in high places that spans both parties. Many of the judges sitting on the bench today are liberal Clinton appointees who would love nothing more than to throw the book at him if they can…to discourage others from trying similar undercover investigations in the future. Whistleblowers are the criminals today. I would not be surprised at all if the sentence was as long as 20 years. And that is just what I was expressing….outrage that this man could possibly do long jail time while the people who kill and dismember babies on a daily basis go free to continue their dastardly deeds.

            I did not LIE when I said PP is selling baby body parts. That is my OPINION and I have a right to express it (at least for now). PP claims to only recoup fixed costs in sale of human organs. They’ve never explained why negotiations would be taking place at all if that were true. And how can they defends the practice of altering abortion procedures to procure more intact organs? How could investigations overlook that? Holly O’Donnell, a former StemExpress technician who harvested the parts from the aborted babies at a Planned Parenthood clinic, said they were asked “to procure certain tissues like brain, livers, thymus, pancreas, heart, lungs, and pretty much anything on the fetus.” “It’s basically a huge trafficking of fetal tissues,” she explained. Huge trafficking of fetal tissues…her words not mine. I don’t believe the investigations went deep enough. I really don’t….for that you call me a liar. I sure don’t agree with your views, but I never called you a liar for having an opinion I did not like. This is the usual tactic of libs today though. Call people names and degrade them in an effort to discredit what they say.

            It is my OPINION that you are on here daily ‘staunchly defending the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies’. Not a LIE…an OPINION that I have deduced from your comments here and the multitude of them. But…there you go again…don’t like what they say?….call ’em liars. That is the pit public discourse has descended into today and that is a shame.

          • acontraryview

            “I wouldn’t be so quick to just assume Daleiden won’t get 20 years if convicted.”

            Of course you wouldn’t.

            “Many of the judges sitting on the bench today are liberal Clinton appointees who would love nothing more than to throw the book at him if they can”

            Basis?

            “Whistleblowers are the criminals today.”

            You seem unable to grasp that he did not “blow the whistle” on anything. Numerous investigations followed the release of the highly edited videos. Some of those were done by individuals who would love nothing more than to shut down PP and find them guilty of criminal wrongdoing. Yet none of them, not one, found any violation of the law by PP. What he did was not whistle blowing – it was crying wolf.

            “I did not LIE when I said PP is selling baby body parts.”

            Since they aren’t selling body parts, saying they are is a lie.

            “That is my OPINION and I have a right to express it (at least for now).”

            You most certainly have a right to express your opinion. However, when you state something as fact that has proven to not be fact, you are lying. For instance: Bobby is accused is stealing. It is proven that Bobby did not steal. You say: “Bobby stole”. Your statement is a lie and is bearing false witness against Bobby.

            “PP claims to only recoup fixed costs in sale of human organs.”

            They not only stated it, their statement was proven to be true. Suggesting that, despite the proof that their statement was true, they are actually lying is bearing false witness.

            “I don’t believe the investigations went deep enough. I really don’t”

            How so? Are you familiar with how deep the investigations went? Why would the investigations that were run by people who would love nothing more than to shut down PP and find them criminally negligent not have gone far enough?

            “but I never called you a liar for having an opinion I did not like.”

            Nor did I call you a liar for stating your opinion. I called you a liar for stating that something was factually true for which there is no proof.

            “It is my OPINION that you are on here daily ‘staunchly defending the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies’.”

            You stated it as fact, yet you have been unable to provide any support for your statement of fact. Without proof of your statement, you statement becomes a lie.

            “But…there you go again…don’t like what they say?….call ’em liars”

            It has nothing to do with whether I like or dislike what you say. It has to do with making statements of fact but having no basis for them. That is lying.

            You may find this definition of “lie” to be helpful:

            “an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker”

            Regardless of what you may choose to believe, your statements were both untrue and inaccurate. They are, therefore, lies.

          • JGC

            “And what makes you think they will not want to make an example of this
            guy so nobody else tries to tamper with or expose the things going on at
            PP”

            Expose what, Angel? The fact that is acting in a completely legal manner, providing, among it’s other services, safe and legal medical abortions and providing fetal tissues to qualified research institutions in complete accord with state and federal regulations?.

          • Ben_Gonsalves

            “I would rather disobey men’s rules and obey God.”

            They are ALL men’s rules.

          • JGC

            The only truth out of the bag is that following investigation by 19 states no evidence supporting Kaleiden’s accusations against Planned Parenthood been found,

  • The Skeptical Chymist

    Glad to see these liars indicted.

    • Angel Jabbins

      The videos tell no lies, but reveal the horrible, heinous, disgusting truth. Altering a drivers license in order to expose that truth will be severely punished (20 yrs in prison!), but the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies for profit…oh, ho, hum…who cares about that?

      • acontraryview

        “Altering a drivers license in order to expose that truth will be severely punished (20 yrs in prison!), ”

        No, altering a government issued form of ID is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The purpose of the alteration is irrelevant to the act.

        “but the murder and dismemberment of tiny babies for profit…oh, ho, hum…who cares about that?”

        Most people would care about that. However, as has been shown in multiple investigations, PP did not do that, no matter how badly you wish to falsely accuse them of doing so. Does truth not matter to you?

  • gizmo23

    I wonder how many here would be OK with a Muslim creating fake identifigation to board a plane?

    • StanW

      I wonder how many here would be OK with putting a teenager in prison for 20 years for using a fake drivers license to buy beer?

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Has anyone gone to prison for 20 years?

        • StanW

          That is what is being advocated here.

          • gizmo23

            Your side is the one saying that

          • acontraryview

            Please cite where in the article someone is “advocating” for a 20 year prison sentence.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Stan, your “little dancing fundie monkey,” who got banned over here is now back as multiple male personalities. Trump has been playing with her / them.

            https://disqus .com/by/thelasttrump/?utm_source=reply&utm_medium=email&utm_content=comment_author

      • gizmo23

        Fed law states “to harm or injury someone” a kid buying beer is not an attempt to harm someone

    • Nidalap

      We might actually have to look at intent! If he just wanted to expose lax security, for example, that would be cool. Maybe the pilots were part of an illegal baby parts shipping ring! (^_^)

  • acontraryview

    ““No vote means no investigation,””

    No, that it not what it means. What it means is that based upon the investigation there was no basis for any criminal wrongdoing on the part of PP and thus nothing to vote on.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    The media trumpeted that the grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. This widely repeated claim was FALSE. It was a LIE. If the matter was not even before them, then there was nothing to consider.

    About the merit of this case: what is the purpose of the State of California drivers license? Does this license exist to prevent the filming of those whose politics aligns with the current policies of the current legislature, or does this license exist to identify a person as a competent driver of a motor vehicle? It’s so hard to know. It should be a clue that it says “drivers” … but what could that mean? Maybe a jury could figure this out.