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News on The 700 Club: January 28, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," Jan. 28: Lawyers: Indictment of prolife filmmakers work of 'runaway grand jury'; Wife of Saeed Abedini files domestic relations case; and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to the "700 Club."

A runaway grand jury-- that's what defense lawyers are saying

after the indictment of people who

made the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood.

They say the case won't stand up in court,

and they're asking the district attorney to drop it.

Gary Lane has the story.

GARY LANE: Lawyers for David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt

term the indictment against them this week

as the work of a runaway grand jury.

They want a new grand jury seated to investigate the case.

Daleiden and Merritt are from the pro-life Center

for Medical Progress.

After going undercover, they released a series of videos

last year that critics say expose

Planned Parenthood's dealing in unborn baby body parts.

Well, why don't you start by telling me

where you used to pay, because I just don't want to low ball.

SANDRA MERRITT: No, I want--

It's $75 a specimen.

GARY LANE: Pro-lifers praised them,

saying the videos show illegal profiting

from the sale of fetal tissue, but a Houston grand jury

accused them of committing a felony by using fake California

driver's licenses to gain access to Planned Parenthood offices.

They also may face a misdemeanor charge

for offering to buy human organs.

Daleiden and Merritt's attorneys criticized the grand jury

for going after the whistleblower instead of quote,

"indicting the wrong doers here, the organization trafficking

in baby body parts."

Regent University law professor James Duane agrees.

He said the Planned Parenthood videos clearly

show federal law was violated.

JAMES DUANE: So it's really quite surprising

that the grand jury would decide it indict not the folks who

are behind all of this, but the investigators who are

trying to bring this to light.

GARY LANE: And critics point out that one

of the prosecutors assigned to the case

was a Planned Parenthood board member.

That may bring into question the fairness

of the district attorney.

We don't know for sure yet.

That's going to depend to a large extent

on whether that single individual was directly

involved in the presentation of the evidence to the grand jury.

Although many members of Congress

say they were outraged after learning

about Planned Parenthood's selling of unborn baby body

parts, they were unable to cut off

funding for Planned Parenthood, but now some states

are acting on their own.

The Ohio Senate passed a bill Wednesday

to cut off Planned Parenthood's state funding,

and the Kentucky Senate voted Wednesday

to ban the sale of fetal body parts.

Nearly half of all states now have such laws on the books.

Gary Lane, CBN News.

Again, this is a surprising, shocking development

in that case, and we'll see where this goes.

If one of the prosecutors was also

a board member of Planned Parenthood,

that's an obvious conflict of interest,

and we'll see what happens to these charges.

Well, John Jessup has more of today's top stories

from our CBN News Bureau in Washington.

John.

Thanks, Gordon.

Naghmeh Abedini is filing for legal separation.

The move comes less than two weeks after Saeed's release

from an Iranian prison.

She made that announcement on Facebook,

disclosing hidden abuse she endured

for most of her marriage.

CBN news reporter George Thomas spoke

to Naghmeh in an interview-- exclusive interview--

about the issues in her marriage shortly

after she learned her husband was being released.

The reality is that we're not heroes.

Jesus is the only hero.

He's our only example.

We're broken people with issues, and you

know my brokenness has allowed me to understand

other people who have gone through similar struggles

and abuse in their own relationship.

So we're both broken people.

Naghmeh Abedini worked for her husband's freedom,

but took a break from public advocacy last November

when she told supporters in a private email

that he had been an abusive husband-- something she

didn't want made public, but was later leaked to the press.

You can see more of our interview

with Naghmeh on CBNNews.com.

The head of the United Nations is harshly criticizing Israel,

saying the Jewish state is engaged

in a stifling occupation of Palestinian territories

with new Israeli settlements on the West Bank,

but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

fired back, characterizing the Palestinians

as the ones who commit murder, adding

that they don't want to build their own state,

rather they want to destroy Israel and kill Jews simply

for being Jews.

Well, here at home, a federal appeals court

is dealing with the question of whether local government

leaders in North Carolina are violating the Constitution

by holding exclusively Christian prayers at their meetings.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that a town in New York

could allow clergy to lead prayers at their meetings,

but an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union

argued that using Christian prayers

was quote, "unconstitutionally coercive."

But two of the judges pointed out

no one had to take part in those prayers.

The ruling is expected in the weeks ahead.

Gordon, any idea where this ruling might fall?

Well, actually this case concerns me

because they're pointing out that the commissioners led

the prayers themselves instead of inviting clergy,

and so they're saying if you have something

before that commission and the commissioners

are leading the prayer does that make it coercive?

Then they're adding to it the commissioners invited people

to stand and pray without giving the admonition if you don't

want to stand, if you don't want to participate,

if you want to leave, you can.

And so it's his turning on these minute facts.

So we're going to watch it with great interest,

and we'll see where the Fourth Circuit goes with it,

but my prediction is this will go to the Supreme Court.

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