February 24, 2020

Daleiden and Merrit Charges Heard in San Fransisco Superior Court

David Daleiden at Pro-Life Summit 2020
Credit: American Life League / Flickr
David Daleiden and Sandra Merrit, undercover journalists who exposed Planned Parenthood for harvesting and illegally trafficking body parts from babies, are facing charges of illegal recording under California privacy law. Their defense team appealed the original guilty verdict to San Fransisco Superior Court and hope to get all charges dropped to protect the field of undercover journalism.

"David and Susan face 10 years- a decade- in San Quentin Penitentiary if those felony counts were to be upheld," said Peter Breen, senior counsel for the Thomas Moore Society representing the undercover journalists. "[This is] the first time and only time undercover journalists have ever been charged with that illegal taping law in California. And again, all of these tapes were taken in public exhibit halls and public restaurants. There was nothing done wrong by David and his team."

Breen says that his team is prepared to appeal this case all the way to the Supreme Court.