Pro-life activist David Daleiden is facing a new set of charges in California for his undercover videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sales of aborted baby parts.
Daleiden and fellow investigator Sandra Merritt were charged with 15 felonies in March for secretly recording conversations at national meetings of abortion providers. In June, however, the San Francisco Superior Court dismissed 14 of 15 felony charges, arguing that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra had not provided sufficient information when he filed the charges against the two undercover investigators.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Becerra's office has now re-filed the charges with numerical identifications for each video. Prosecutors said that the names of the individuals in the recordings have been provided to defense attorneys with court orders not to release their identities.
Merritt's lawyer has expressed plans to challenge the new charges, saying they are still not specific enough.
Mat Staver, chairman of the religious non-profit law firm Liberty Counsel, said that the new set of allegations "lists videos generally but doesn't list specific conversations on those videos, so it's hard to know what conversations they're referring to." He added that Merritt would seek dismissal of the new charges when she and Daleiden are arraigned on July 17.
In May, Daleiden's organization, Center for Medical Progress (CMP), released a footage of the 2014 and 2015 National Abortion Federation (NAF) trade shows, where abortionists reportedly discussed the difficulties they faced in their jobs, such as "the head that gets stuck that we can't get out," and "an eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!"
That same month, U.S. District Judge William Orrick of San Francisco ordered the removal of video links and references to the identities of NAF members.
Last year, Orrick had issued an injunction against the public release of the undercover videos, arguing that the recordings might incite threats against abortion workers.
A hearing has been scheduled for July 11 to determine if Daleiden and his defense lawyers will be held in content for releasing links to the footage of the NAF trade shows.
Last month, Daleiden filed a motion requesting for the disqualification of Orrick from the case "on the grounds that there is evidence of bias in favor of the plaintiff and prejudice against the defendants."
Daleiden noted in an affidavit that Orrick's wife has posted photos of herself with her husband alongside public comments that are supportive of Planned Parenthood and critical of CMP.
"I learned that, no later than the fall of 2015 Mrs. Orrick, 'pinkified' her Facebook page and added the 'I stand with Planned Parenthood' overlay across her profile picture," Daleiden stated in the affidavit.
"'Pinkifying' showed one's support for Planned Parenthood and one's belief that the videos were fraudulent," he added.