‘The only reason the attorney general wants to have these videos sealed and kept from the public eye is because the videos themselves provide damning evidence…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The abortion lobby tried to hide the undercover videos that revealed Planned Parenthood’s grotesque mutilation of living human children, but a California judge ruled that the courtroom will see the videos during private hearings this spring.
Judge Christopher Hite of the San Francisco Superior Court did not, however, give permission for the videos to become public after the hearings. The court will seal the video evidence about selling human babies’ body parts from the public.
Hite also ruled that the plaintiffs, who were recorded discussing human dismemberment, can continue their lawsuit with anonymity, under “Doe” pseudonyms.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged Susan Merritt and David Daleiden in March 2017 with 15 felonies, after the two recorded conversations with officials connected to Planned Parenthood, Liberty Counsel reported in a press release.
Becerra argued that Merritt and Daleiden faked their identity in order to illegally record a private conversation.
But Liberty Counsel, which represents Merritt in the case, said Becerra’s prosecution of undercover journalism is unprecedented, politically motivated, “selective” and “discriminatory.”
“Attorney General Becerra’s attempt to shield from the public the very same videos upon which he bases his political prosecution of Sandra Merritt is truly astonishing,” said Horatio Mihet, LC’s vice president of legal affairs and chief litigation counsel.
“The only reason the attorney general wants to have these videos sealed and kept from the public eye is because the videos themselves provide damning evidence that these allegedly confidential conversations were not in fact confidential,” Mihet said.
Merritt and Daleiden said they recorded the conversations in order to serve the public interest: to reveal that Planned Parenthood and other organizations are illegally trafficking human body parts, which is a violation of federal law.
“The attorney general’s brand of ‘justice’ based upon secret proceedings and secret evidence is not acceptable in a free nation governed by a Constitution which guarantees public proceedings for the accused,” Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman, said.