Published On: Fri, Feb 5th, 2016

Rev Pat Mahoney tells Texas attorney ethics charges will come over CMP investigation

A Texas pro-life leader is warning Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson that charges against Center for Medical Progress need to be dropped or a call for ethics violations will follow.

At a press conference held in Houston, Rev. Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said he is giving Anderson a chance to reconsider the charges,which carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, or defend the conflict of interests that have been publicized.

“We are going to give District Attorney Anderson time – not too much time, but time – to reflect on this unjust decision,” Rev. Mahoney said. “If she does not drop the charges then we will first file regulatory charges against her – ethics violations she has done – with the proper authorities here in Texas.”

The Harris County grand jury indictments of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the two undercover investigators with the Center for Medical Progress who made public the fetal organ distribution by Planned Parenthood, has made headlines and raised concerns that the move was politically motivated.

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

“If she still insists, we are now in the process of talking with pastors [and] leaders here in the Harris County area,” Rev. Mahoney said, “and we will do everything we can in our power to assure that Houston has a new district attorney that respects justice, that jails criminals and not citizen journalists, and see that she is defeated in 2016.”

Operation Rescue Senior Vice President Cheryl Sullenger discussed her family’s close relationship with Chip Lewis, the attorney who represented abortionist Douglas Karpen. Karpen escaped testimony and photographic evidence of killing unborn babies, but the grand jury did not indict him.

Lewis donated more than $25,000 to Devon Anderson and more than $12,500 to her late husband, former DA Mike Anderson.

“Since Devon Anderson assumed the position of District Attorney in September 2013, Lewis has received approximately 40 dismissals for his clients – this does not include the numerous dismissals under her husband’s administration,” one local observer wrote.

Other Lewis clients saw charges against them reduced, like Robert Durst, the real estate heir accused of serial murder and once convicted of dismembering an elderly neighbor. Lewis held a grudge over Operation Rescue’s role in exposing his client, Karpen, alongside Life Dynamics, and she believes he used his influence to hurt Daleiden and Merritt.

He “tainted this grand jury and persuaded them to turn the investigation away from Planned Parenthood and toward the citizen journalists who were indicted,” she said at the Houston rally.

“We are seeking a new grand jury” into the CMP case, “but this time under a special prosecutor not related to the district attorney’s office,” she said. “And we’re also calling for a reopening of the Douglas Karpen murder investigation.”

And if she does not comply, and she is not removed from office over ethics charges, the coalition pledged to remove her from office at the ballot box.


photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

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