Skip to comments.D.A. Admits Breaking the Law When Indicting Planned Parenthood Investigator David Daleiden
Posted on 05/26/2016 9:49:57 PM PDT by kathsua
An attorney representing Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Josh Schaffer, has admitted that he pressured the Harris County District Attorneys office to refocus a grand jury investigation away from his client and onto pro-life journalists David Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, of the Center for Medical Progress. Schaeffer also confessed that Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell did an end around the State Attorney General Ken Paxton in order to share sealed video evidence with Planned Parenthood.
The grand jury later returned indictments against Daleiden and Merritt. Shaffer stated publicly that he was informed by the District Attorneys office that no investigation of Planned Parenthood ever took place.
The admissions came in an affidavit filed as an exhibit by Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to a brief responding to the defendants motion to quash the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt.
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After the release last year of undercover videos taken by Daleiden, lead investigator for the Center for Medical Progress, and his associate, Susan Merritt, Paxton ordered Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to launch an investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) was illegally selling aborted baby remains for profit and altering abortion procedures to ensure that marketable organs would be available for sale.
At the suggestion of Schaffer, the grand jury never investigated Planned Parenthood, but instead turned its attention to Daleiden and Merritt.
Attorney General Paxton had instructed the Harris County DAs office not to share evidence with Planned Parenthood including CMP videos that was obtained through the grand jury process.
Schaeffer stated in his affidavit that he immediately began to seek the unedited videos taken by the CMP from Assistant Attorney General Sunni Mitchell. Shaffer stated:
As soon as I made contact with HCDAO prosecutors in August of 2015, I began requesting the unedited video footage. Sunni Mitchell, the prosecutor who was leading the HCDAO investigation, said that she was not opposed to giving me that footage. However, she said that the HCDAO did not have any video footage other than what was available on YouTube. I suggested that she request the unedited video footage from the Attorney Generals Office. In time, I learned that she obtained it from that Office. However, I was told that the Attorney Generals Office agreed to give it to the HCDAO on the condition that the HCDAO not give it to PPGC. Mitchell told me that she would try to obtain the footage by other means.
Schaffer essentially has admitted to collusion with the Harris County District Attorneys Office, then denied that collusion existed, said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress. He obviously thinks his weak attempt at a Jedi mind trick will keep him out of trouble. Hes wrong.
Mitchell eventually obtained the video from Murphy Klasing, one of Daleidens attorneys, who mistakenly released the video. Once Klasing realized that the video was under seal in Federal Court, he requested that Mitchell return the footage. Mitchell informed Klasing that she had already given it to PPGC and the National Abortion Federation, who was suing Daleiden in Federal Court.
Mitchell clearly understood that the Attorney Generals Office did not want the video to fall into Planned Parenthoods hands. By requesting it from another source and supplying it to Planned Parenthood, she knowingly disobeyed the Attorney Generals directive and undermined any attempt to prosecute them in the future.
Planned Parenthoods attorney also admitted that at first Mitchell told him that she did not know the identity of the woman in the CMP videos that went under the pseudonym of Susan Tannenbaum. Schaffer stated that it was he who supplied Mitchell with Tannenbaums true name, Sandra Merritt, which enabled Mitchell to obtain indictments against her as well as Daleiden.
We have always questioned the ability of Devon Anderson and Sunni Mitchell to conduct unbiased investigations of abortion providers after they allowed Douglas Karpen to go free in 2013, said Newman. In Daleidens case, it is clear that they were working with Planned Parenthood all along to build a spurious criminal case against pro-life activists in order to protect Planned Parenthood from prosecution. This makes the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt irreparably tainted and they should be dropped immediately.
Mitchell was tapped by Anderson to lead a 2013 grand jury investigation into allegations brought by Operation Rescue against abortionist Douglas Karpen that he had intentionally murdered infants born alive after failed abortions at his two Houston abortion facilities. Under Mitchells direction and despite eyewitness and photographic evidence, the grand jury controversially failed to indict Karpen. Operation Rescue later learned that Karpen was represented by one of Devon Andersons closest friends, Chip Lewis, who is also her largest campaign contributor.
In her responding brief opposing the defense motion to quash the tainted indictments, Anderson makes one more startling admission. She acknowledged that her office violated the law when it made public Daleiden and Merritts indictments before they were served or placed in custody or under bond.
However, Anderson attempts to downplay the violation as harmless and a technical violation that is inconsequential. She appeals to the court to simply ignore this violation.
Any time due process is not followed in the course of a criminal prosecution, it is anything but harmless, said Newman. It dangerously erodes the ability of the public to have confidence in the competency and honesty of the prosecutors office.
Operation Rescue has repeatedly reported on evidence that raises suspicions of corruption in the Harris County District Attorneys office and has called for Devon Andersons resignation along with the appointment of a independent special prosecutor to reopen the case against Planned Parenthood.
A hearing on the motion to quash is set for July 26, 2016. At that time, Daleidens Houston attorney Jared Woodfill plans to put Planned Parenthoods Josh Schaffer on the stand.
The collusion between the DA and Planned Parenthood lawyers will be flushed out during this hearing, Woodfill told Breitbart Texas. We will put Planned Parenthoods lawyer on the stand and will expose the witch hunt that ended up with the indictment of my client but let baby part selling Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast get off scot-free.
But whether or not Woodfills plan succeeds remains to be seen. The judge that will oversee that hearing is District Judge Brock Thomas Devon Andersons former law partner.
We can only hope and pray that Andersons former law partner isnt as corrupt as she is, said Newman.
Read the States Response to Defendants Motion to Quash Indictments
LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices.
A former law partner serving as the judge hearing the case??? While I’m not certain of the requirements, I would think that situation would be a slam-dunk for recusal of that judge.
Lawyers, would you expect a recusal or not?
Well well well. A criminal DA. Don’t hold your breath waiting for this crooked DA to be prosecuted.
For the most part ordinary criminals aren’t killing or enabling the killing of their closest kin, those who have the best natural claim for protection and provision. This was true even of Murder Inc.
Abortion inherently is doing just that: the murder of those with the best natural claim on both our affections and substance.
Our culture no longer considers children a blessing.
What does our culture value? My observation: sex.
Sex is now pretty much identified with being happy. Being a prude: unhappy. Being moral: judgmental. Desiring holiness or a society that protects innocence: you’re as bad as the Nazis. Want to protect the unborn: crimes against humanity (you’re gonna cause someone to miss out on some sex)!
Our society is insane.
Any chance this scum Josh Shaffer can be disbarred from practicing law anywhere?
Gee—I’ve been told that if I break the law I will be arrested and possibly put in jail.
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