Sandra Merritt Petitions to the California Supreme Court to Dismiss Remaining Felony Charges

Surrounded by her attorneys, including Dan Cogdell, left, Sandra Merritt, center, leaves the 338th State District Court at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Houston. The pro-life activist was one of two people indicted by a Harris County grand jury on charges that they faked government documents in a video Photo: Cody Duty, Staff / Houston Chronicle

Sandra Merritt has filed a petition to the California Supreme Court asking it to review and dismiss all eight remaining felony charges pending against her. Merritt’s requests were previously denied by the San Francisco Superior Court and the California Court of Appeals.

Multiple counts have already been dismissed.

The bogus criminal investigation and heavy-handed tactics began under then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris (now Senator and VP Candidate) and then her replacement, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who filed 15 charges for Merritt’s undercover journalism work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts.

Becerra has not shown, and cannot show, probable cause for any of the politically motivated charges. Merritt did not violate any laws but used legal undercover techniques to investigate and expose potential fetal-trafficking abuses and crimes being committed by Planned Parenthood. Under California law, conversations that “may be overheard” are, by definition, not “confidential,” and can be recorded without consent.

Liberty Counsel’s Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio Mihet said, “This political prosecution against Sandra Merritt has gone on long enough. It is time for the legal inquisition, that began with Kamala Harris at the behest of her Planned Parenthood financiers, to meet its demise. We will not rest until Sandra Merritt is vindicated.”

SOURCE: Liberty Counsel

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