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Fri Jun 23, 2017, 04:12 AM

Anti-abortion activists lose bid to dismiss California privacy case

Source: Reuters

HEALTH NEWS | Wed Jun 21, 2017 | 10:43pm EDT

Anti-abortion activists lose bid to dismiss California privacy case

By Lisa Fernandez | SAN FRANCISCO

Two anti-abortion activists charged with felony eavesdropping for secretly filming abortion providers in California lost their bid for dismissal of the case on Wednesday, but the judge ordered prosecutors to amend a criminal complaint he deemed too vague.

San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite gave the state attorney general's office until mid-July to file a revised complaint that describes the accusations in greater detail, including specific dates, alleged victims and circumstances.

Hite ruled the identities of alleged victims would remain under court seal and admonished lawyers to keep that information confidential, after the defense team for one defendant, David Daleiden, was found to have posted videos and other identifying material online.

The judge declined to take disciplinary action against Daleiden's lawyers, as urged by prosecutors, and also denied the defense's request to toss out the case.

Daleiden, 28, and Sandra Merritt, 64, appeared in court on Wednesday, but they are not expected to enter a plea until the arraignment on July 17, the deadline set for the amended complaint.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-plannedparenthood-california-idUSKBN19C2WU

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