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The FAQs: Grand Jury Indicts Filmmakers Who Secretly Recorded Planned Parenthood


What just happened?

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas (the county where Houston is located) has indicted two of the undercover videographers associated with the Center for Medical Progress, the group of citizen journalists who filmed undercover meetings with Planned Parenthood (PP) discussing the sale of fetal body parts. The grand jury had also been asked to consider charges against the local PP franchise, but did not issue an indictment.

What were the charges?

The official charging document has not yet been released by Harris County. Butaccording to the New York Times, David Daleiden, the director of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), has been indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another CMP employee, Sandra Merritt, was indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.

The county has not reported what government records were tampered with. However, in their investigation, CMP posed as a biotech research business, Biomax Procurement Services, for the undercover investigation. The records may have been documents (government forms, identification cards, etc.) related to their sting operation.

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Additional reading:  Grand jury in Texas indicts activists behind Planned Parenthood videos

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