Devon Anderson, originally appointed by Rick Perry
❝A county grand jury in Houston that was investigating allegations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two anti-abortion activists who made videos of the organization.
In a statement, the Harris County district attorney, Devon Anderson, said Monday that the director of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, had been indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.
Another center employee, Sandra Merritt, was indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.
❝The Center for Medical Progress had covertly shot videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the provision of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. Mr. Daleiden, 26, had posed as a biotechnology representative to infiltrate Planned Parenthood affiliates and surreptitiously record his attempts to procure tissue for research…
Ms. Anderson said in the statement that grand jurors had cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing. She did not specify in the statement what record or records were allegedly tampered with.
❝“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Ms. Anderson said. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
❝The case started in August, when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican and an outspoken opponent of abortion and Planned Parenthood, asked the Harris County district attorney to open a criminal investigation into the organization. His request came after the release of an undercover video taped at a Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast office in Houston with a research official for the organization…
❝Ms. Anderson described the investigation on Monday as “lengthy and thorough,” and said it involved her office, the Houston police and the Texas Rangers. She said grand jurors reviewed the joint investigation for more than two months and cleared Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of breaking the law…
Scumbag Republicans in Texas have a real problem with honest Republican officials following evidence and filing charges in a real criminal case. This is not what Governor Abbot or his flunky Lt. Governor Patrick expected. They’re used to Republican officials falling in line with ideology – not actual law enforcement. So, of course, the Gov and Little Gov will continue their efforts to slander and malign Planned Parenthood using their state budget.
Must be heartbreaking when corrupt officials are denied full measure of the power they presume by police and judiciary who think their mandate really is for justice. Ain’t it?