Investigative Journalists Charged With Criminal Invasion of Privacy in Connection With Reports of Planned Parenthood Alleged Baby Parts Black Market

(California Department of Justice, San Francisco, March 29, 2017) Two American journalists, David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, are accused of using false identities and a fictitious bio research company to gain entry to Planned Parenthood offices and record interviews with executives. The full complaint and corresponding arrest warrant can be accessed here.

One of the videos that resulted from those interviews with the headline, “Planned Parenthood uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts,” has been viewed over 3 million times and the investigative journalists who gathered data for their reports have steadfastly asserted their 1st Amendment rights and the truth of their results, despite ensuing claims of “fake news” from other media outlets.

In connection with the arrests, Attorney General Becarra said, “The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society. We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

Robert Daleiden and Susan Merritt
Editor’s note: Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This case is particularly interesting, given the recent controversy surrounding Amazon’s demand for private conversations held in a suspected murderer’s home via his Echo. USTimes covered it here. We are unable to gain access to all the court documents as some held in evidence have been sealed.

The Center for Medical Progress states, “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 videotapes of Planned Parenthood’s criminal baby body parts enterprise, in vindication of the First Amendment rights of all.”