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Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver, Sandra Merritt, and Liberty Counsel Chief Counsel Horatio Mihet outside the Houston courthouse. Courtesy of Liberty Counsel
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David Daleiden’s partner Sandra Merritt gets bail in Houston

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HOUSTON, Texas, February 3, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Today the Liberty Counsel legal team representing Sandra "Susan" Merritt appeared with Sandra in the Houston Criminal Court. The District Attorney told the judge that the DA's office offered pre-trial diversion reducing the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. 

The judge was asked by the legal team to reduce Sandra's bail from $10,000 to $2,000, which he did. Sandra posted bail and was released. 

Liberty Counsel has assembled a highly qualified legal defense team, including Dan Cogdell and Chris Downey, both from Houston. Chris was a former District Attorney. Dan has successfully handled many high-profile criminal cases, including ENRON, a person with the Branch Dravidians, and more. Dan has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation's leading criminal defense lawyers. 

A crush of media was present today. After the court appearance the legal team addressed the media with Sandra present.

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, and Harry Mihet, Chief Counsel for Liberty Counsel, was with her today. Mat Staver said, "Sandra did nothing wrong. The indictment against her is weak, and the discovery will reveal why she will prevail. Sandra has revealed to the world the brutality that occurs in Planned Parenthood abortion centers. She should be applauded for her courage, not indicted. We shall prevail because Sandra did not break any laws."

Staver told LifeSiteNews it was unusual that at the first appearance on a felony indictment there was an offer to drop the charge to a misdemeanour. It  underscores, he said, "the weakness of the indictment."

Sandra is scheduled to reappear in court on March 28. In the meantime, Liberal Counsel's legal team has already filed motions for discovery. 

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