HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Attorneys representing the two anti-abortion activists indicted for tampering with a governmental record, which is a 2nd-degree felony, are calling on the Harris County District Attorney to drop the indictments. They acknowledge their clients used fake drivers licenses to get inside Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Attorneys claim it wasn't to defraud the organization but to expose what they call the truth.
FOX 26 News reported this controversy on Tuesday which is sparking national debate. Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden with the anti-abortion group Center For Medical Progress used fake ID's to secretly record footage in hopes of showing Planned Parenthood illegal sold fetal tissue.
Criminal Attorney Terry Yates said on Wednesday that his clients were doing what most investigative reporters do. He said they could have used any photo ID but the choose fake drivers licenses.
"It was a mistake. It wasn't to cause harm, it didn't cause harm. It wasn't meant to defraud," Yates said.
Along with Yates, FOX 26 News political contributor Jared Woodfill is on the case. He says there are many issues to take up with what they are calling a runaway grand jury.
"That instead of indicting the wrongdoers the organization for trafficking in baby body parts. They've gone after the whistle blower," Woodfill said.
Defense attorneys hope to have a conversation with D.A. Devon Anderson. They propose bringing this case to another grand jury. The district attorney's office released a generic statement which says they are always seeking justice.
Yates didn't give a time frame for when his clients might turn themselves in for processing.