SAN FRANCISCO — The two-week preliminary criminal hearing of Sandra Merritt begins today, September 3, in the San Francisco Superior Court as 15 felony charges are brought against her by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Liberty Counsel is defending Merritt for her undercover journalism work which exposed Planned Parenthood’s trade in baby body parts, according to a recent press release from Liberty Counsel.
Merritt and co-defendant David Daleiden, the founder of the Center for Medical Progress, are the first undercover journalists to be criminally prosecuted in the history of the state. Liberty Counsel has shown that, to date, no other citizen journalist or journalism organization has ever been charged with a crime for undercover recordings made in the public interest.
Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said in the release, “Sandra Merritt did not violate any laws. The evidence will demonstrate that California’s first-ever prosecution of an undercover journalist is selective and discriminatory. It is time to pull the mask off the unseemly collusion between Planned Parenthood and the attorney general that is ultimately responsible for this political prosecution,” said Staver.
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