On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, charged undercover journalist David Daleiden with 15 felony charges in connection with his Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts exposé videos.
Daleiden’s legal defense team member, Tom Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Society, issued the following statement in response:
“When it comes to felony charges against our client, David Daleiden, history is on our side. When David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were falsely charged in Texas, after they mounted a vigorous defense, the charges were abruptly dropped. We expect that the same will prove true in California.
“The world knows that Planned Parenthood’s business partners, DaVinci Biosciences and DV Biologics, have been sued by Orange County, California. The lawsuit alleges that they illegally profited from the sale of human baby body parts from abortions. This confirms the truth of what has been depicted in Daleiden’s videos.
“David Daleiden and his co-defendant, Sandra Merritt, will be vindicated. They will assert robust defenses to these charges. Their efforts led to numerous criminal referrals by both Senate and House investigative committees. Their efforts were in furtherance of First Amendment values and are clothed with the same Constitutional protection that all investigative journalists deserve and must enjoy. Undercover journalism has been a vital tool in our politics and self-governance.“
Tom Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel, Thomas More Society