Video Vigilantes Indicted, Planned P’hood Vindicated, Abbott Vexed

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It’s true. Hoist on their own petard, the video vigilantes attempting to smear Planned Parenthood will instead be facing criminal charges in Texas while responding to civil charges in California alleging RICO violations, invasion of privacy, mail fraud, and more.

The Harris County grand jury indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, both of California, on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony with a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. It also charged Daleiden, the leader of the videographers, with the same misdemeanor he had alleged – the purchase or sale of human organs, presumably because he had offered to buy in an attempt to provoke Planned Parenthood employees into saying they would sell.

The D.A. did not actually say “they are rubber, you are glue” to Daleiden, but basically, she did:

“As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

Planned Parenthood was cleared of all charges by the grand jury. Let me repeat—a Republican D.A. and a grand jury system notorious for being heavily biased toward prosecutors did not find any evidence of any wrongdoing.

The tinfoil hat brigade has tried to imply that the fix was in, picking up on a notice in the Houston Chronicle from August, 2015, about an attorney who recused herself from any involvement in the case:

In a statement released Friday, Anderson said one of her assistant district attorneys disclosed that she is member of the Gulf Coast agency’s board of directors.

 

Let me put it this way: if I had to put money on the ability of a single attorney, one who had never attempted to hide a connection to an organization being investigated, to sway a case that has drawn this level of scrutiny over whether an armadillo could cross I-10 West at rush hour, I’d put it all on the armadillo. 

Fox News was quick to accuse the D.A. of putting out a “political hit job.” The Republican District Attorney. 

Governor Greg Abbott, never one to let the truth get in the way of his campaign propaganda machine*, released a terse paragraph after the indictment was announced.

“The Health and Human Service Commission’s Inspector General and the Attorney General’s office have an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood’s actions. Nothing about today’s announcement in Harris County impacts the state’s ongoing investigation. The State of Texas will continue to protect life, and I will continue to support legislation prohibiting the sale or transfer of fetal tissue.”

In other words, Abbott has given the order for pointless, expensive investigations that will not find any wrongdoing to continue anyway, because it is good for his political ambitions.

Abbott issued the statement a week after his talks with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking of Abbott’s meeting with a foreign head of state to discuss trade and commerce issues, and people being hoist on their own petard . . . if you are a governor drawing your line in the sand at the 10th amendment, perhaps you should cool it as far as engaging in one of the enumerated powers reserved in the constitution to the federal government?

 

*We still do not know what Greg Abbott is running for, but there’s no other rational explanation for the nonsense he gets up to on a daily basis that has nothing to do with the actual governance of the state.

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Andrea Greer

Andrea, an activist, fundraiser, feminist, writer, and baker, is not as tall as you think she is. She's been at this a long time, and wants to know what you are doing to make the pie higher and raise more hell. Her mother would like you to know she's got a law degree.

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