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Felony counts have been dismissed by a Texas judge that had been lodged against two undercover filmmakers investigating illegal trafficking in human body parts by Planned Parenthood executives.
The charges had been lodged by a “rogue” Texas prosecutor in the winter of 2015. The filmmakers, posing as dealers in fetal tissue, got the executives to discuss the amount of money they wanted for the body parts with one executive infamously saying she wanted a Lamborghini.
Peter Breen, the attorney for David Daleiden said:
“Today’s dismissal in Houston is a huge win for the First Amendment rights of undercover journalists. David Daleiden used standard undercover journalism techniques and followed all applicable laws in doing so.”
“This meritless and retaliatory prosecution should never have been brought. Planned Parenthood did wrong here, not David Daleiden.”
Attorneys for the filmmakers were able to show that the prosecutors violated a variety of procedural rules leaving their indictment invalid.
For example, an attorney for the National Abortion Foundation, Mr. Derek Foran, leaked secret information to the New York Times that the filmmakers would be indicted before the decision of the grand jury could be legitimately released to the public.
So, as it stands the filmmakers have had all felony counts and all misdemeanor counts dismissed.
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