The Houston Chronicle reports that a grand jury convened to investigate Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of fetal tissue and organs has instead cleared the organization and instead indicted the two pro-life activists who secretly videotaped their meetings with PP officials.
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.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced the indictments in a statement, noting the probe had lasted more than two months. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us,” said Anderson, a Republican. “All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
Fortunately for Anderson, she is unopposed in the GOP primary in March. This decision cannot be popular among the Tea Party base in Harris County. Which probably explains why Tea Party hacks such as Texas Attorney General Ken “Waiting for My Next Indictment” Paxton, OPIG Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pledged to continue to investigate. According to Patrick, “the horrific nature of these videos demand scrutiny and investigation.” What exactly Patrick thinks the Harris County DA’s office was doing is anyone’s guess, but “scrutiny and investigation” are the watchwords for the typical prosecutor. This has been scrutinized and investigated and PP has come up clean. But that will never satisfy the witch hunters.