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The California Supreme Court issued a stay on a preliminary hearing in the felony trial for pro-life activist David Daleiden in which his attorneys were to present a defense that would have included their undercover videos of abortion providers.
Last Friday, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye put the hearing on delay until further notice, according to a press release emailed out on Monday morning on behalf of the Thomas More Society, which is representing Daleiden.
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The high court’s decision to issue a stay put a halt to the hearing, which was scheduled to take place on Monday and was expected to last about two weeks.
“The stay was based on the political bias and selective prosecution,” stated the email, sent to supporters by Thomas Ciesielka of TC Public Relations.
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Daleiden garnered national headlines back in 2015 when his California-based pro-life group the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos of abortion providers reportedly showing them engaging in illegal activities.
For their actions, Daleiden and pro-life activist Sandra Merritt were charged with 15 felonies in March 2017 by the state of California.
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Daleiden and Merritt were charged with filming 14 people without permission between October 2013 and July 2015. There was one felony count filed per person along with a fifteenth count for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy.
The undercover recordings included conversations with Planned Parenthood officials and StemExpress, a California-based company that provides biological materials for medical research and received fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood.
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