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Rule of Law Prevails in Absurd Texas Abortion Case


The first and last sentences of a Texas Criminal Court’s ruling from earlier this week state: “Defendant David Robert Daleiden’s motion to quash the indictment is pending before this Court … Cause No. 2071353 is ORDERED DISMISSED for want of jurisdiction.” Those sentences reveal what we at Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund(FCDF) have been saying ever since we first started defending David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress back in July 2015, when his Human Capital Project videos first came out. All of the legal cases brought against him are nothing more than the result of Planned Parenthood’s throwing of taxpayer money at lawyers, in the desperate hope that those lawyers can confuse the issues—with the help of a liberal media and compliant judiciary.

Will the members of the judiciary obey the rule of law? It seems that in the past five years, that question has been on the mind of many Americans more and more, and especially conservative attorneys working in the non-profit arena. As Justice Scalia famously put it, the judiciary has reached the point where many judges think that they can simply ignore the rule of law with impunity:

Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension … one can even imagine … of the Court’s claimed power…. This practice … robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.

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