The Center for Medical Progress investigation exposed numerous atrocities inside Planned Parenthood abortion facilities across the U.S.
Micaiah Bilger is a staff writer with Life News. Below is an article she authored about the on-going battle between David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress and Planned Parenthood.
Before Kamala Harris was a Democratic presidential candidate and a U.S. senator, she prosecuted undercover journalist David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts trade.
On Wednesday, lawyers for the Center for Medical Progress leader filed a motion asking the court to throw out the search warrant that Harris ordered in 2016 on his home. The raid and the unreleased videos that Harris’s office seized led to Daleiden’s prosecution on 15 felony charges related to the privacy of the people he recorded.
“As a political favor to Planned Parenthood, Kamala Harris’ Attorney General’s office blatantly ignored black-letter California law protecting a citizen journalist’s unpublished materials and falsely alleged probable cause for a search warrant, over and above the objections of career law enforcement professionals,” his lawyers said in a statement to LifeNews.com.
They slammed the search warrant as a “sham” resulting from Harris’s close ties to Planned Parenthood.
“Internal email communications released between the Attorney General and Planned Parenthood shows an investigation conducted and overseen by Planned Parenthood and allied activist groups as the basis for a sham search warrant,” the lawyers wrote in the motion.
They produced evidence in the motion that several state investigators did not believe that the search warrant was accurate or based on probable cause. Despite this, Harris’s office seized unpublished videos and other documents from Daleiden’s computers, hard drives and other documents with “sensitive, unpublished editorial information,” according to the court document.
“It appears that the investigative staff had to be coerced into serving a search warrant that they opposed,” the motion states. “This is overwhelming evidence of bad faith.”
They said one agent was so strongly opposed to the move that he took “stress leave” so that he would not have to get involved.
The motion also notes that the Los Angeles Police Department refused to take down a report by one of the people Daleiden recorded because the recording was made “in a public restaurant,” not in private.
Other evidence suggests similar situations, including two of the people recorded by Daleiden admitting “that their conversations at restaurants could be overheard.”
If a judge grants the request and throws out the warrant, the charges against Daleiden would have to be dismissed.
“This is not an honest prosecution but rather a political favor to Planned Parenthood,” his lawyers said in the motion.