Court dis­misses 14 charges in Planned Par­ent­hood case

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Brad­ford Richard­son

San Fran­cisco Su­pe­rior Court on Wed­nes­day dis­missed 14 of 15 crim­i­nal counts against one of the pro-life jour­nal­ists whose un­der­cover videos ex­posed Planned Par­ent­hood’s al­leged in­volve­ment in the il­licit mar­ket for fe­tal body parts from abor­tions.

San­dra Mer­ritt was charged with film­ing 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing Planned Par­ent­hood ex­ec­u­tives, with­out their con­sent from 2013 to 2015 as a part of the Cen­ter for Med­i­cal Progress in­ves­ti­ga­tion. She still is charged with one count of con­spir­acy to in­vade pri­vacy.

Mat Staver, founder and chair­man of the non­profit Lib­erty Coun­sel, which rep­re­sents Ms. Mer­ritt, called Wed­nes­day’s dis­missals a “huge vic­tory.”

“We will now turn our at­ten­tion to dis­miss­ing the fi­nal count,” he said.

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