Remember when a judge threw out 14 of the 15 charges against pro-life undercover journalists David Deleiden and Sandy Merritt? None of that seems to matter to Xavier Becerra, California’s Democratic Attorney General. Becerra has filed new charges against the pro-life journalists.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra vowed to reinstate charges against investigators for the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, after a judge knocked out 14 of the charges filed against them last month. Becerra had just 10 days to refile after Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite ruled that the charges were too vague and that the state must “specify each of the 14 recordings that were allegedly made without consent.”
Becerra wasted no time making good on his promise. Today, he filed new, more specific, charges against Daleiden and Merritt. The original charges, filed in March, alleged that Daleiden and Merritt violated a California law that prohibits recording confidential conversations without consent. “The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra said. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”