Yes, it’s time to present this week’s Statuette of Shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner… the envelope please…
Morally Deficient Harris County, Texas DA Devon Anderson!
A Harris County grand jury investigating allegations that a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston illegally sold the tissue of aborted fetuses has cleared the organization of wrongdoing and instead indicted two anti-abortion activists behind the undercover videos that sparked the probe.
Secret videographers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were both indicted on charges of tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony that carries a punishment of up to 20 years in prison. Daleiden received an additional misdemeanor indictment under the law prohibiting the purchase and sale of human organs.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson announced the surprising indictments Monday after a two-month investigation.
Shocking, but maybe not too surprising considering Harris County’s reputation for political shenanigans. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry was also indicted by a Harris County grand jury, it so happens.
Talk about shooting the messengers! And as we all know from the videos, the whistle blowers didn’t actually buy baby parts, but merely made and filmed Planned Parenthood’s willingness to sell to them. And how exactly does that clear the local Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing?
The tampering with records charge is based on false IDs David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt presented to the Planned Parenthood officials.
Harris County consists of Houston and the surrounding areas. A fair potion of the city itself is Democrat, while the rest of it and the outlying areas are strongly Republican. If this Grand Jury was assembled in Houston, that could explain a great deal.
Another thing that explains a lot is the presence of one Lauren Reeder as a prominent prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s criminal family law division. Reeder is listed as a non-compensated “Director” on the 990 Tax Form for 2014 filed by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and has been an active fundraiser for Planned Parenthood for years. She is also very close personally to DA Anderson.
Because of the appearance of a conflict of of interest, the Center for Medical Progress, the organization that took and released the videos has asked for a special prosecutor. Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who also serves on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress is calling for a new investigation by an independent prosecutor, and others have pointed out the First Amendment implications.And they might just get what they want.
The State of Texas is still conducting active, additional investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby parts trafficking. To quote Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, “The fact remains that the videos exposed the horrific nature of abortion and the shameful disregard for human life of the abortion industry.”
Well, there it is.
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