Daleiden Appears in Court, Rejects Plea Deal, Demands an Apology While Supporters Demand that Charges are Dropped

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By DeAnn Flanagan

Houston, TX – Surrounded by a phalanx of attorneys and a crush of news reporters and cameramen, David Daleiden turned himself in to the Houston Courts on Thursday in response to the indictments handed down last week by a Harris County grand jury. Those indictments, one felony and one misdemeanor, were related to his undercover journalism work that exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal profit-taking from the sale of aborted baby organs.

Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger and the Christians Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney were in court in support of Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, as he reported to two different court rooms and posted bail in the amount of $3,000.

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Daleiden’s booking and court appearances was followed by a well-attended press conference led by Rev. Mahoney, which featured Daleiden, two of his attorneys, Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society and Operation Rescue’s Texas Attorney Briscoe Cain. Sullenger was also a featured speaker.

Daleiden’s attorneys acknowledged that he had been offered a deal by District Attorney Devon Anderson that included a “diversion program,” which would allow for a probationary period followed by a dismissal of all charges.

Daleiden’s attorneys noted at a brief press conference in the hallway outside one of the courtrooms that he had no plans to accept the deal.

“The only thing we will accept is an apology,” one attorney noted.

This sets up an interesting showdown between Anderson, a self-described “pro-life” Republican, and Daleiden’s defense, which could presumably use a trial to as a platform to air more evidence against Planned Parenthood and expose Anderson’s personal and political connections to an attorney who represented Douglas Karpen in 2013, who is the largest late-term abortionist in the Houston area.

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At the larger press conference outside the courthouse, Rev. Mahoney began by telling the media “Houston, we do have a problem.” He then went on to describe the injustice of charging citizen journalists who uncover and report crimes while letting the real perpetrators go free.

“We are standing in solidarity and say, ‘When you attack David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, you are attacking us and our community,'” said Rev. Mahoney. “Do not proceed with these unjust indictments.”

Sullenger addressed the need to reopen the Planned Parenthood investigation using an independent special prosecutor and also called for the reopening of a 2013 murder case against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen due to his attorney’s connections with Anderson.

After the press conference, Rev. Mahoney, Sullenger, and LifeSiteNews reporter Lisa Bourne presented to a representative of the District Attorney’s office petitions signed by 110,000 supporters asking Anderson to drop all charges against Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, who indicted with Daleiden and surrendered in Houston on Wednesday. The petitions were the first batch of those gathered by LifeSiteNews, which is still seeking additional signatures. (Sign the petition here.)

In addition, LifeNews.com is also asking for signatures on a similar petition, which has already gathered tens of thousands of signatures. (Sign the LifeNews petition here.)

Meanwhile, two civil suits continue against Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which were filed by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood, who are attempting to block the rest of the information collected by Daleiden from being released. Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who was a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress, is named in both federal suits.

Read about Texas invoices that further incriminate Planned Parenthood
Read about links between the District Attorney and lawyer for a late-term abortionist

Watch full video of new conference recorded by LifeSiteNews.

  • Dominic Huber

    David Daliden was doing the same thing that Upton Sinclair did. He was exposing unethical and illegal practices. These charges need to be dropped.

  • Sandra Trusso

    If he’s being indicted because he was offering to pay for these baby parts (while he was undercover by the way), I have to ask: 1) How could he be offering to buy something that never existed and weren’t for sale? So if they did exist and were for sale, then why isn’t Planned Parenthood indicted?

  • grin-n-barrett

    Arrested for doing your job? This really has turned into a socialist country. I would say I am shocked but we elected the same socialist/communist/moslim terrorist twice as well.

  • Debbie

    Take it to court, you will have an open floor to bring out every dirty detail. I don’t believe they know what hornet’s nest they have stirred up. I would like to see about half of Planned Parenthood in jail. Once the case is open the whole world will know the truth, and what they have that can still come out, Obama can’t cover up.

  • Liberty

    The CIA, FBI, Police Dept.–all do undercover sting operations. Reporters have sources they do not divulge and are able to write up the story without squealing. Had the defendants gone to law enforcement to get permission to go in wired, would we be having this scenario?. If our people were to claim citizen’s arrest for the PP deviants, citing crimes against humanity, how about then? So many angles that the Pro-Life legal forces will pursue with God’s hand. Thank you to these people who at great personal cost are willing to go the distance.

  • Robbins Mitchell

    I wouldn’t take a plea deal on this bogus case if DA Devon Anderson herself gave me a blow job

  • Susan

    Our “Justice” system is a JOKE—they flipped Good and Evil and now we literally have a cartel system, a Vice System, which promotes the most vile, filthy, evil behaviors and they are “able” to go into Kindergarten and tell OUR children that their evil satanic ethics are “Good”. And WE pay for them to corrupt our children in mandatory “re-education” group think factories which produce immoral, addicted, non-thinking “bots”.

    The satanists who control our court “system” need to be “tarred and feathered” 80 years ago for promoting Vice (killing babies/sodomizing others) in a a “Justice” (virtue) System,

  • Susan

    If he would have gotten “permission” from the “courts”, they would have WARNED PP about the sting, so there would be no sting. Our “judges” are satanists and promote a Vice System now. They removed “Virtue” from “Justice” at the beginning of the 1900s to promote Stalin’s system of “non” Justice/Satanism—where human beings can literally be killed or put in jail for telling the Truth or acting like Christians.

  • Susan

    The Satanists who run our “Justice” (virtue) System are irrational–as all Marxists are. There is no Truth and Reasoning with these evil, vile NWO goons who are literally Jackboots and flipping Good and Evil and promoting Stalin’s Constitution and Vice 24/7.