David Robert Daleiden, an anti-abortion activist facing felony charges for his role last year in secretly videotaping Planned Parenthood officials, was offered a deal Thursday that practically guaranteed he would not spend a day in jail.
Instead, the 27-year-old Californian decided to take a gamble by fighting the charges which could carry a 20-year prison sentence. In a black suit and dark blue shirt, Daleiden and his attorneys said they would take the case all the way to trial.
The bold move surprised prosecutors and energized supporters who waved signs and stood behind Daleiden and his attorneys as they addressed reporters outside of Houston’s criminal courthouse.
“The only thing we’re going to accept is an apology,” said Daleiden’s defense attorney Terry Yates. “We believe the indictments are factually and legally insufficient.”