I just read:
A Houston grand jury investigating criminal allegations against Planned Parenthood stemming from a series of undercover videos on Monday instead indicted two of the anti-abortion activists who shot the footage.
In a stunning turn of events, the grand jury declined to indict officials from the abortion provider, and instead handed up a felony charges of tampering with a government record against Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and center employee Sandra Merritt. Daleidon was also charged with a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs.
“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”
The case sprang from a series of dramatic undercover videos in which Center for Medical Progress employees posed as prospective buyers of fetal tissue, and captured several employees of Planned Parenthood and its contractors appearing to discuss practices banned by law. However, when the videos were released online last year, Planned Parenthood claimed selective editing had created a misperception.
Anderson didn’t provide details on the charges, including what record or records were allegedly tampered with and why Daleiden faces a charge related to buying human organs. Anderson’s office said it could not provide details until the documents charging Daleiden and Merritt were formally made public.
Now refresh yourself as to the politics of Huston, it previous Mayor was Annise Danette Parker, Houston’s second female mayor (after Kathy Whitmire), and one of the first openly gay mayors of a major U.S. city, with Houston being the most populous U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor. Its current mayor is Sylvester Turner who in 2015 was named one of the top 10 best members of the Texas House on LGBT issues by Equality Texas with an “A+” rating, after Turner said he had “evolved” on LGBT issues. Can you imagine either of these mayors being happy with a District Attorney who had the least bit of sympathetic with any enemy of Planed Parenthood?
The current, is the 46th District Attorney, Devon Anderson inherited the job when her husband died and was appointed to the post by Gov. Perry. “Harris County’s new District Attorney was sworn into office Thursday afternoon. Devon Anderson is taking over the job of her late husband, Mike Anderson. In a one-on-one interview with Eyewitness News, Devon Anderson talked about the challenge of taking on the office her husband, left just weeks ago when he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 57. ” She went on to win the election in 2014. I am unable to get an idea of how she feels about abortion, but the adage, “Law down with dogs, get up with flea” comes to mind.
This affair brought to mind back when an Austen grand jury indited Governor Perry, remember that? Of course not. The MSM dropped it like a hot potato when:
On August 15, 2014, TexasGovernorRick Perry was indicted by a Travis Countygrand jury. The first charge of the indictment is abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, for threatening to veto $7.5 million in funding for the Public Integrity Unit, a state public corruption prosecutors department. The second charge, which has since been ruled unconstitutional, was coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony, for seeking the resignation of Travis CountyDistrict AttorneyRosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, after she was convicted ofdrunk driving, and incarcerated. Perry pleaded not guilty to both charges.
On July 24, 2015, the Texas Third Court of Appeals dismissed the indictment for coercion of a public official, on the basis that the indictment violates his First Amendment rights to free speech. The indictment for abuse of power, a charge which his lawyers say is a misdemeanor, remains against Perry. The charge carries a potential prison sentence of 5 to 99 years.
I am going to keep an eye on this one to see how it plays out.