Skip to comments.Jury hears closing arguments in Gosnell trial ("an effective, positive force int he community")
Posted on 04/29/2013 11:53:00 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
A Philadelphia jury is hearing closing arguments in the murder trial of an abortion provider accused of killing a woman and four viable babies, but they wont hear from the doctor himself.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell decided Wednesday not to testify or call witnesses at his capital murder trial.
Gosnell, 72, is charged with killing babies after they were born alive at his West Philadelphia clinic, which allegedly catered to poor, desperate women and teens with late-term pregnancies.
Defense lawyer Jack McMahon has argued that there were no live births at the clinic, and he found some support from a prosecution witness, Philadelphia's top medical examiner. Dr. Sam Gulino, who examined 47 aborted fetuses stored in freezers at the clinic, said he could not definitively say if any had taken a breath because the lung tissue had deteriorated.
The prosecution's other evidence to support the live birth argument comes from former employees, who testified that they saw aborted babies move, breathe or even cry. McMahon challenged them on cross-examination, questioning whether they had instead seen post-mortem spasms.
"You have to have definite, voluntary movement," McMahon argued.
Lynda Williams, Adrianne Moton and Sherry West, all untrained clinic workers, and unlicensed doctor Stephen Massof have each pleaded guilty to third-degree murder charges and testified against Gosnell. And four others have pleaded guilty to lesser charges, including Gosnell's wife, Pearl.
Gosnell did not testify, but could take the stand in the penalty phase if he is convicted of first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Prosecutors say Gosnell is a misogynist for the way he treated female patients while the inner-city doctor described himself as an altruist in a 2010 interview with the Philadelphia Daily News.
"I wanted to be an effective, positive force in the minority community," Gosnell said.
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He murdered Black babies. Apparently, that’s fine with Obama and the Leftist media.
Oh, yeah, they picked a jury open to pro life views.
Don’t quit this is initial.
Twitter had 600 K messages on this.
BO hates twitter.
He was certainly effective...
but I wonder about the application of the word “positive” in reference to the murder of black babies.
Seems PP’s founder, Sanger, had the same goal of eliminating what she termed “human weeds”.
are there any women with lice cut hair on the jury?
That’s what I meant. Euphemism.
If the children were already dead what is the point of snipping their neck?
Think about it.
It's all hellish heartless soulless imbecility.