Grand jury takes no action against Planned Parenthood; 2 others indicted

HOUSTON - After an investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Police Department, a Harris County grand jury took no action Monday against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Inc. (PPGC).

For more than two months, the 232nd grand jury reviewed a joint investigation into allegations of misconduct by PPGC. The grand jury cleared PPGC of breaking the law. However, the grand jury handed down indictments against two people accused of making the allegations against PPGC public in undercover recordings made in April 2015.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were indicted by the grand jury for tampering with a governmental record, a felony offense.  An additional indictment for prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs, a class a misdemeanor, was handed down against Daleiden.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in a press release. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

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