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SACRAMENTO (ChurchMilitant.com) - California's self-proclaimed Catholic attorney general is submitting revised charges against pro-life advocates David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt after a state judge struck down 14 of 15 charges.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office confirmed to Church Militant that it is refiling charges against Merritt and Daleiden, claiming, "The charges were never dismissed."
It disclosed Judge Christopher Hite struck down the charges because the charges leveled by the California Department of Justice were too broad, adding "Following the defense's complaint that there are too many surreptitious recordings to know which ones the California Department of Justice is relying on, the Judge requested more specificity in the charging document, specifically to identify the videos that are the basis of the charges."
Although Xavier Becerra considers himself Catholic, he has embraced the abortion industry's agenda, has a 100-percent approval rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and has received money from the organization to help fund his run for office.
In March, he filed charges against Daleiden and Merritt for "intentionally and without consent" filming at a public NARAL conference, commenting, "The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California's Constitution and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society. We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations."
He is also a member of the Congressional LGBT Caucus and supports so-called marriage equality. Equality California gushes, "He was one of only 67 members of Congress who opposed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality, and has championed other priorities of the LGBT community, including passage of the federal Equality Act and the inclusion of LGBT people in demographic data collection."
On June 22, Becerra announced he was banning all official state travel to Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas because they each recently passed laws that he felt were hostile to LGBT, and these states block illegal immigration.