Editorial: Charges dropped in video case

Last year, members of Center for Medical Progress showed America videos of high-ranking officials from Planned Parenthood negotiating to sell body parts from unborn babies who had been aborted in their clinics.

This so outraged parts of the American public that lawmakers moved to cut all governmental funding for Planned Parenthood.

These officials should have been indicted for breaking federal laws about selling infant body parts but thanks to President Obama and his Justice Department, no charges were filed.

Instead, some pro-abortion activists got charges filed against members of Center for Medical Progress.

That sham ended in Houston when District Judge Brock Thomas dismissed a charge of “tampering with government records” against 27-year-old David Daleiden and 63-year-old Sandra Merritt. This was a request from the Harris County prosecutor’s office.

“The dismissal of the bogus, politically motivated charges against [Center for Medical Progress] project lead David Daleiden and investigator Sandra Merritt is 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,” Daleiden said in a statement.

Attorneys for Deleiden and Merritt refused a plea deal and demanded the phony charges be dropped. If they had been convicted of this felony, they would have faced 20 years in prison for filming Planned Parenthood discussing selling infant body parts. The charge was that they used fake drivers’ licenses to fool Planned Parenthood.

This dismissal is welcome news for all Americans who believe in decency, the right to life and the rule of law.

Now the real criminals need to be investigated.

“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 said.

Getting a new president and a new U.S. Attorney General may bring justice to millions of babies murdered in their mothers’ wombs.