Schadenfreude in Houston

A Houston grand jury convened last year to investigate Planned Parenthood for selling aborted human fetuses for profit concluded its investigation yesterday by indicting David Daleiden, the antiabortion zealot who created the Center for Medical Progress and Sandra Merritt his associate who assisted him in an undercover scheme to videotape Planned Parenthood officials allegedly agreeing to sell fetuses for profit, which is prohibited by law.

The videos were heavily edited.
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The grand jury did not indict Planned Parenthood or any of its officials, which is consistent with the organization’s claim that it never sold fetuses for profit. Instead, they donated them to organizations for scientific research charging a minimal fee to cover their costs. The organization has since stopped collecting that fee.

The New York Times is reporting,

The record-tampering charges accused Mr. Daleiden and Ms. Merritt of making and presenting fake California driver’s licenses, with the intent to defraud, for their April meeting at Planned Parenthood in Houston.

The LA Times is reporting,

He also was indicted on a misdemeanor count that is related to soliciting the purchase of human organs, according to a statement from Harris County Dist. Atty. Devon Anderson (a Republican, I might add, who was appointed by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry).

Schadenfreude: a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people. : enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others. German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy.

How sweet it is.

4 Responses to Schadenfreude in Houston

  1. gblock says:

    I see it as poetic justice. Now, let’s hope that the Harris County DA actually follows up on the charges.

  2. Malisha says:

    It’s really astonishing, the lengths these types will go to in order to get “evidence” of their paranoid delusions. And I see things like that on those dumb TV shows where some crusader cop sets up a ridiculous situation in order to do good or get a bad guy; there’s a sort of phenomenon there, the creative “let’s get around the law that says we have to only do good by legal means.” It appeals to self-aggrandizing narcissistic opinionated people the most.

  3. bettykath says:

    Schadenfreude it is!! Ah, karma.

  4. Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney who presented the case to the grand jury is a Republican.

    So much for the claim that this is a political hit job.

    Salon is reporting that the felony that Daleiden and Merritt are charged with is tampering with a government issued identification card to falsely gain entry into a conference in order to covertly videotape discussions of fetal tissue donation with Planned Parenthood officials. It carries a punishment of not less than two, and not more than 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.

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