Christian News — A superior court in California has temporarily dismissed 14 of 15 charges filed against David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, but with leave to amend—that is, allowing the prosecution to refile their complaint with more specificity.
“Following the defense’s complaint that there are too many surreptitious recordings to know which ones the California Department of Justice is relying on, the judge requested more specificity in the charging document, specifically to identify the videos that are the basis of the charges,” outlined the California Department of Justice in a statement on Wednesday.
“The California Department of Justice has 10 days to amend the complaint and will be making the requested changes,” it said.
As previously reported, State Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges that Daleiden and his associate Sandra Merritt wrongfully recorded Planned Parenthood employees and others without their consent in conducting an undercover investigation into their abortion practices.
In March, he charged both Daleiden and Merritt with 14 counts of covertly recording confidential conversations—one for each person—and one count of conspiracy to invade privacy.
“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said, according to the LA Times. “[We] will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”
But the Center for Medical Progress believes that the charges are politically motivated and violative of the pro-lifer’s First Amendment rights—that is, his freedom to conduct investigative journalism.
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