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A plea for mercy for Kermit Gosnell
Life Site ^ | Robert P. George

Posted on 04/18/2013 12:19:07 AM PDT by Morgana

April 17, 2013 (FirstThings.com) - Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is facing the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders for which he is being tried in Philadelphia. Surely, the heinous acts of which he stands accused are depraved. They probably meet the criteria for capital punishment under Pennsylvania law. However, in the event that Gosnell is convicted, which seems likely, I am asking my fellow pro-lifers around the country to join me in requesting that his life be spared.

Someone might make the case for mercy by pointing out that Gosnell merely carried out the logic of the abortion license that is enshrined and protected in our law. One might note that there is no moral difference between dismembering a child inside the womb (which our jurisprudence, alas, treats as a constitutional liberty) and snipping a child’s neck after he or she has emerged from the womb (potentially a capital offense). How can our legal system impose the death penalty on Gosnell, given the arbitrariness and irrationality of the underlying law? Kermit Gosnell

But that is not the fundamental reason for our asking for Gosnell’s life to be spared.

Kermit Gosnell, like every human being, no matter how self-degraded, depraved, and sunk in wickedness, is our brother—a precious human being made in the very image and likeness of God. Our objective should not be his destruction, but the conversion of his heart. Is that impossible for a man who has corrupted his character so thoroughly by his unspeakably evil actions? If there is a God in heaven, then the answer to that question is “no.” There is no one who is beyond repentance and reform; there is no one beyond hope. We should give up on no one.

If our plea for mercy moves the heart of a man who cruelly murdered innocent babies, the angels in heaven will rejoice. But whether it produces that effect or not, we will have shown all who have eyes to see and ears to hear that our pro-life witness is truly a witness of love—love even of our enemies, even of those whose appalling crimes against innocent human beings we must oppose with all our hearts, minds, and strength. In a profoundly compelling way, we will have given testimony to our belief in the sanctity of all human life.

I do not myself believe that the death penalty is ever required or justified as a matter of retributive justice. Many reasonable people of goodwill, including many who are strongly pro-life (and whose pro-life credentials I in no way question), disagree with me about that. But even if the death penalty is justified in a case like Gosnell’s, mercy is nevertheless a legitimate option, especially where our plea for mercy would itself advance the cause of respect for human life by testifying to the power of mercy and love.

I do not expect my request to be met with universal acclaim. Given the horrific nature of the acts of which Gosnell is accused, it is understandable that some, perhaps many or even most, will believe that this is not a case where mercy is appropriate. They will not want to join me. I understand.

However, I ask everyone who reads these words to consider the matter carefully and prayerfully. In 1994, I had the honor of representing Mother Teresa of Calcutta as her Counsel of Record on an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States asking the justices to reverse Roe v. Wade. In connection with that project, I learned that this was not Mother’s first intervention in American courts. On a number of occasions, she had asked judges to refrain from imposing the death penalty on a defendant convicted in a capital murder case. She did not question the defendants’ guilt, or even the justice of the death penalty. Her plea was always a plea for mercy.

By asking for mercy for Kermit Gosnell, we defenders of human life in all stages and conditions have the opportunity to follow the example of the greatest pro-life witness of the 20th century.

Note: Robert P George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. He also serves as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. This article first appeared at First Things, and is reprinted with permission of the author.


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While I respect Mr. George's opinion I feel in this case they should hang him at dawn they day after he's found guilty.
1 posted on 04/18/2013 12:19:07 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

There’s an old Jewish proverb: “Kindness to the cruel is cruelty to the kind.” Let him reap what he sowed.


2 posted on 04/18/2013 12:25:02 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Morgana

It would be merciful to hang him only once.


3 posted on 04/18/2013 12:25:29 AM PDT by meadsjn
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To: Morgana

He didn’t just terminate innocent babies lives, HE ENJOYED IT.


4 posted on 04/18/2013 12:25:42 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Slings and Arrows
There’s an old Jewish proverb: “Kindness to the cruel is cruelty to the kind.” Let him reap what he sowed.

Ditto.
5 posted on 04/18/2013 12:26:39 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Morgana

No.


6 posted on 04/18/2013 12:27:18 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: Morgana
Frankly, the writer should be ashamed for his plea.

This man is the consummation of evil, and should receive no clemency. If anything, reverting to drawing and quartering might be appropriate in this case.......

7 posted on 04/18/2013 12:28:40 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Morgana

No.


8 posted on 04/18/2013 12:28:41 AM PDT by MestaMachine
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To: Morgana

The pro-life movement is dead wrong, about the death penalty.

Scumbag murderers need to DIE, period.

The difference between this guy and Hitler? Number of victims, that’s all. Hang him. He’s stealing oxygen from decent people.


9 posted on 04/18/2013 12:31:02 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Morgana

He deserves death

He can say hi to that bastard Tiller down there

Maybe they can both do for Satan what deceased comedian Bill Hicks suggested for Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer


10 posted on 04/18/2013 12:31:44 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: Morgana

Why wait till dawn?

Mr. George makes the same logical mistake as liberals by being unable to make a critical distinction between innocent life and a vile murderer.

Kindness to evil is cruelty to good. We hang murderers to protect the innocent. I see absolutely no reason to make an exception in Dr. Gosnell’s case.

The sight of Dr. Gosnell’s corpse swinging from a gallows will save innumerable babies from the his would be epigones.


11 posted on 04/18/2013 12:32:15 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Morgana
Gosnell Worker: Toilets Backed Up With Body Parts From Abortions
12 posted on 04/18/2013 12:34:34 AM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: Morgana

God is Mercy and Love. Kermit only has to repent of his crimes and turn to Christ. We should certainly pray for that to happen.

I also believe he should be executed. He has committed horrendous crimes and the enormity of his actions calls for capital punishment.

Whether he dies now or in 20 years time is not important compared with his eternal resting place.

Therefore I commend his soul to God. A sentence of death will focus his mind on his imminent fate.


13 posted on 04/18/2013 12:35:19 AM PDT by agere_contra (I once saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called 'Schindler's List'.)
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To: Morgana

He deserves no mercy.

If he had killed 3 year olds...there would be no question.

There is no difference.


14 posted on 04/18/2013 12:36:13 AM PDT by berdie
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To: Morgana
The only problem I have is that he can be killed only once.
I mean that just like it sounds.
One dying ain't enough for his kind.
15 posted on 04/18/2013 12:39:11 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Morgana

and then hang the writer of this POs article


16 posted on 04/18/2013 12:46:50 AM PDT by advertising guy (clearly, semi automatic high capacity pressure cookers should be banned)
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To: Morgana

I really don’t see a problem with the death penalty here. He’ll have plenty of time to repent and turn to God before we send him up to God for ultimate judgment.


17 posted on 04/18/2013 12:54:17 AM PDT by grateful
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To: Impy

The pro-life movement is dead wrong, about the death penalty.

Had this discussion with my Brother he told me a good Catholic can’t support the death penalty, I told him I would have to satisfied being a so so Catholic because some people just don’t belong on this earth. I agree with you EVIL people need to die! This SOB should go the way he killed the babies, he should have his spinal cord severed at the neck!


18 posted on 04/18/2013 12:56:21 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Morgana

19 posted on 04/18/2013 1:03:46 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: Morgana
Kermit Gosnell deserves the same “mercy” he showed to the victims of his practice. In a word — NONE.
20 posted on 04/18/2013 1:18:38 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Morgana
Hanging is not justice.
Run him through a tree shredder, feet first.
21 posted on 04/18/2013 1:20:20 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Morgana

-——But even if the death penalty is justified in a case like Gosnell’s, mercy is nevertheless a legitimate option, especially where our plea for mercy would itself advance the cause of respect for human life by testifying to the power of mercy and love.-——

Specious argument at best....this really isn’t about respect for human life...it’s about respect for justice....

Respect for individual life depends on that life... Not the collective of all life...because he does not in any shape or form deserve mercy...

I consider it mercy to put this monster out of his worthless misery....


22 posted on 04/18/2013 1:29:38 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: Mastador1; BillyBoy

Well, millions of “Catholics” settle for being horrible Catholics by being for abortion and “gay rights”, so I think you’ll be fine. But what do I know.

I’m not an authority on these matters, but by mom is a devout Catholic and she’d pull the lever on this pig herself, I am certain of that.


23 posted on 04/18/2013 1:36:27 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Morgana

I read a statement from a Catholic prison chaplain years ago. His parish was near a state prison. He said he had counseled and heard the confessions of dozens of men going to the chair, and that not one of them had died without repenting.

Execution is the most reliable way there is to elicit remorse and repentance before death.

THAT is mercy.


24 posted on 04/18/2013 1:48:56 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

God’s mercy is great. Heaven is full of redeemed sinners.


25 posted on 04/18/2013 1:51:17 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

“He didn’t just terminate innocent babies lives, HE ENJOYED IT.”

I put this guy in the same category as Dr. Kevorkian, who painted. I saw images of his artwork. Sick puppy.


26 posted on 04/18/2013 1:59:02 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Morgana

Kermit Gosnell is not, nor will he ever be, my “brother.” Really.. after decades of slaughtering babies born and unborn, he’s due some form of compassion, huh?

If God wants to have compassion for this Josef Mengele wannabe, that’s His call. As for me, I want him dead.


27 posted on 04/18/2013 2:33:34 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Morgana
I do not expect my request to be met with universal acclaim

Well there's the understatement of the month. Sorry we just can't seem to muster up the compassion for someone who thoroughly delights in killing helpless, unwanted babies. He is due the justice of a fair trial. Once found guilty, he needs to be twice run through a wood chipper.

28 posted on 04/18/2013 2:43:46 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Morgana
I think it is an injustice of cosmic proportions to allow a murderer -- one who deliberately and with knowing intent takes the life of an innocent person -- to keep his life.

The death penalty for taking an innocent life is not only perfectly consistent with both the pro-life position and with the Judeo-Christian Bible, it is justice from legal, moral, societal and religious perspectives.

I do not respect Prof. George's opinion. By his degrees he may be smart, but by his words he is unwise. Clearly his moral compass is broken.

29 posted on 04/18/2013 2:59:22 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: Morgana

This guy is like a MAD DOG who MUST be put down.


30 posted on 04/18/2013 3:02:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Morgana

I agree with mercy. I would stab him in the back of the neck. Rather than nail him to a barn with railway spikes.


31 posted on 04/18/2013 3:09:18 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Morgana

Just no. When anyone decides to take the life of another human being for any reason other than self-defense/protection of another human life, they abdicate any rights they had to being treated as a human being.


32 posted on 04/18/2013 3:35:27 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Morgana
I do not expect my request to be met with universal acclaim. Given the horrific nature of the acts of which Gosnell is accused, it is understandable that some, perhaps many or even most, will believe that this is not a case where mercy is appropriate. They will not want to join me. I understand

If obama had a DNA test, gosnell might be his sperm donor. The doctor is a devil and I'd kill him by pulling his prostate gland out of his rectum with the tools that he used on the babies that he murdered.

If he wants mercy, go to Confession, God is Merciful.

33 posted on 04/18/2013 3:50:26 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: Morgana

Give him an opportunity to make his peace with his Maker, then draw-and-quarter him.


34 posted on 04/18/2013 3:52:29 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Morgana
Mr Robert P George's heart may be in the right place, but his head is not screwed on straight. With all the heart-breaking madness literally exploding all around us, Mr. George focuses his empathy and compassion on... a soulless killing machine.
35 posted on 04/18/2013 4:00:06 AM PDT by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: Morgana

I believe that the single most significant cause of society’s decline is the absence of responsibility for one’s actions.

Gosnell is an organism who broke every rule and expected no retribution. He even trots out the racism card. There can be no mercy to be given to such as he. He did the crime and that crime cries out to Heaven for vengeance!

The misguided notion that capital punishment somehow weakens us all as human beings is specious at best; and a flat out lie at worst. If more of those convicted of heinous crimes were executed, perhaps other lives might be saved. More importantly, we would be saying that you can’t get away with it.


36 posted on 04/18/2013 4:08:18 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Morgana

He should be hanged, but only after being doused with gasoline and set on fire.
The pain and cruelty this monster inflicted on babies in inexcusable.


37 posted on 04/18/2013 4:13:59 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Gun Control is the Key to totalitarianism and genocide.)
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To: Morgana

My thoughts on the Death Penalty-
No, putting someone to death does not bring their victims back to life or undo the evil they have committed. But I don’t think that is relevant at all to the subject. No one who supports the Death Penalty believes the person’s death will make everything alright. It is about Justice, not Vengeance. “Vengeance is Mine,” sayeth the Lord. Only God can exact vengeance upon a person’s soul. We can not.

But there is something we can do. We can say “By these actions you have forfeited your right to live amongst us and no length of incarceration will satisfy your debt. It is either too dangerous to allow you to live or your actions are so heinous that you no longer deserve to live out the remainder of your life. And so, we cast you out of this world and send you on to the next. This will satisfy your debt to society but only God can decide upon your debt to Him. When you stand before Him, He will pass judgment upon you. May God have mercy on your everlasting soul.”

As to the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” I believe the KJV is a slight mistranslation. The correct translation would have been, “Thou shalt not murder,” where murder is the taking of innocent life. It is not murder to kill in legitimate self-defense, to kill in battle, or to kill the wicked.


38 posted on 04/18/2013 5:12:44 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: Morgana; All
My search shows that the last execution in PA was in 1995, though the state's death penalty law has been upheld by the Supreme Court several times.

If given the DP, it will likely go through years of appeals, at huge cost to the public, and Gosnell will probably die in prison before its finally resolved.

As a death row inmate, he will receive special, preferential treatment..cell, care, etc..

I'd rather see him get life without parole...send him off to the worst prison in the PA system, where he'll be out of the public limelight, AND in the general population, and let the inmates deal with him...and believe me, they will make him WISH that he'd been executed..

39 posted on 04/18/2013 5:53:03 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: Morgana

Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.


40 posted on 04/18/2013 6:28:43 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Morgana

Much ado about nothing. He isn’t really facing the death penalty. In Pennsylvania the death penalty is only carried out on those who don’t want to appeal their sentence.

Unlikely that this dirt bag would choose that option so if convicted he will die in prison, but only of old age.


41 posted on 04/18/2013 6:49:48 AM PDT by free me
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To: Morgana

I firmly believe that God has a special place reserved for those who do bad things to helpless children.


42 posted on 04/18/2013 7:28:37 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Impy

i always say I am pro-INNOCENT life. scumbags like gosnell deserve to reap the wild wind.


43 posted on 04/18/2013 7:43:24 AM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: Morgana

I disagree with the author.

Defenseless babies deserve to have a chance at life.

Those who choose to commit heinous acts deserve to forfeit their lives.


44 posted on 04/18/2013 7:53:09 AM PDT by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: Morgana

Rabid dogs must be put down. This man will reap the rewards of his evil when he meets The Lord.


45 posted on 04/18/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Mind!)
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To: Morgana

Sorry God instituted capital punishment, some crimes deserve death. God is merciful and will speak to this man and I do pray for his conversion but he is still responsible for the crimes he has committed.


46 posted on 04/18/2013 9:01:16 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Morgana
Just snip his spinal cord.

"Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." - Luke 17:1-2

47 posted on 04/18/2013 9:06:27 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Morgana
Death penalty? Yah,right...that’ll happen.I mean it's not as if some Rat Governor won't reduce the sentence to community service.
48 posted on 04/18/2013 10:30:14 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Morgana

Giving Gosnell a life sentence would be devaluing the lives of the tens of thousands that he murdered. There is mans law and there is Gods law ,, and they are in agreement .. “thou shalt not murder”.

If you want to “show compassion” do it for someone that steals food to feed their family ,, or has broken some nonsensical regulation where nobody was harmed.


49 posted on 04/18/2013 1:33:21 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Morgana

Giving Gosnell a life sentence would be devaluing the lives of the tens of thousands that he murdered. There is mans law and there is Gods law ,, and they are in agreement .. “thou shalt not murder”.

If you want to “show compassion” do it for someone that steals food to feed their family ,, or has broken some nonsensical regulation where nobody was harmed.


50 posted on 04/18/2013 1:33:39 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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