Court Drops “Deceptive ID” Charge Against Merritt

Aug 26, 2020

San Francisco Superior Court ruled that the charge for “false identification documents” brought against Sandra Merritt by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on December 13, 2019, is now permanently dismissed due to fact the statute of limitations had long expired. 

Liberty Counsel Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio Mihet presented arguments before Judge Christopher Hite yesterday via Zoom. 

Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos previously dismissed the criminal charge, concluding there was insufficient evidence that Merritt used a “deceptive ID” that did not contain the disclaimer required by the statute.

Liberty Counsel has already filed an appeal requesting the dismissal of the remaining eight charges brought against Merritt by AG Becerra for her undercover journalism work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts.  

The undercover videos, some of which were recorded at the National Abortion Federation’s (NAF) 2014 and 2015 abortion convention and trade shows, exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal involvement in harvesting and selling aborted baby body parts to companies such as StemExpress. The recordings capture Planned Parenthood executives haggling over the prices of baby body parts, picking through bloodied arms and legs of aborted babies in a pie tray, and discussing how to alter abortion methods to obtain better body parts for sale. 

Mihet said, “With each passing week and each new hearing, the attorney general’s political prosecution of Sandra Merritt is exposed for the sham that it is, and neutered. The process is lengthy and costly, just as the attorney general has intended, but at the end of the day Sandra Merritt will be vindicated.” 



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