Harris County Judge Dismisses Grand Jury Indictment of Center for Medical Progress Journalist

A Harris County Judge has dismissed a bogus indictment against Center for Medical Progress leader David Daleiden.  The decision affirms the innocence of the CMP’s citizen journalists representing promise that justice will ultimately be brought against the real lawbreakers in the abortion industry.

Houston, Texas – June 14, 2016: Judge Diane Bull has dismissed a bogus charge leveled in January against citizen journalist David Daleiden from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).  A Harris County grand jury, led by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, indicted CMP journalist David Daleiden on bogus charges of trafficking human body parts.  The ironic indictment, which completely shifted scrutiny and review of illegal activity away from Planned Parenthood, was tantamount to punishing journalists for uncovering the truth behind taxpayer-funded activities at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.

The Center for Medical Progress issued a statement calling the indictments “a politically-motivated sham all along.”  Judge Bull ruled that the indictment was “void on its face” – a stern departure from Devon Anderson’s fabricated tale of guilt on the part of the CMP.  Indeed, Anderson’s office has a sordid history of collusion with the Texas abortion industry extending even further back than this case.  In 2013, for example, Anderson’s office found abortionist Douglas Karpen, the “Texas Gosnell,” innocent of wrongdoing in spite of legions of evidence that Karpen was operating a veritable chop-shop abortion practice that even his own staff exposed on-record.

“The dismissal of the first indictment today sends a strong message to Planned Parenthood and their political cronies that colluding to suppress the First Amendment rights of citizen journalists will never work,” said the CMP statement.  Underscoring the guilt of the abortion industry, which was buried in the bogus indictment of the CMP, the organization said: “The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of its investigative journalism work and as more details about Planned Parenthood’s contracts for aborted baby parts come to light, it’s clear that Planned Parenthood and their business partners like StemExpress are the ones who are guilty of trafficking in human body parts.”

Throughout the ordeal, Pro-Life advocates from Texas Right to Life and across the nation rallied behind the Center for Medical Progress, signing petitions, standing in solidarity, and raising funds for the organization’s defense.  Today’s order validates the tireless efforts of the Pro-Life community and brings Texas one step closer to justice for Texas women and children by shining a light on the real perpetrators within the abortion cartel.