Sandra Merritt Criminal Case Stayed

Attorneys Harry Mihet and Nic Cocis with Sandra Merritt


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The California Supreme Court granted an emergency stay on Friday in the criminal proceedings against Sandra Merritt. The preliminary hearings were set to begin today in the San Francisco Superior Court; however, the California Supreme Court stopped all criminal proceedings against Sandra until it can review the contents of a motion Liberty Counsel filed to recuse California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his Office from prosecuting the criminal complaint.

Liberty Counsel is defending Sandra against the politically motivated 15-count felony criminal charges, brought against her by Attorney General Becerra, for her undercover work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s outrageous conduct of harvesting and selling aborted baby body parts.

The trial court previously refused to dismiss the criminal charges even though Becerra has a documented bias and has publicly pledged to “stand with Planned Parenthood.” Liberty Counsel sought to recuse Becerra and to dismiss the case for selective, discriminatory prosecution through a motion filed with the trial court, which demonstrated that Becerra and his predecessor, now Senator Kamala Harris, received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood. In addition, after the “investigation” began under then-AG Harris, the Attorney General’s office maintained an ongoing financial, political, and close working relationship with executive officers and employees of various Planned Parenthood entities.

“We are pleased that the California Supreme Court is considering a closer look at the well documented bias and illegal collusion between Attorney General Becerra and his Planned Parenthood financiers,” said Horatio Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel at Liberty Counsel. “Sandra Merritt did not violate any law, and we are confident that the evidence will demonstrate that California’s first-ever prosecution of an undercover journalist for illegal recording is selective and discriminatory,” said Mihet.

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