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Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial Jury Retires With No Verdict Yet
Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/30/2013 6:11:17 PM PDT by Morgana

The jury in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial has retired for the day and has not delivered a verdict related to the babies he killed in grisly abortion-infanticides.

If sentenced for the convictions, Gosnell could face the death penalty following the convictions by the jury in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia.

The seven-woman, five-man jury began deliberations early today after receiving legal instructions on criminal law and the conviction process for approximately two hours from Judge Jeffrey Minehart.

Local Philadelphia reporter J.D. Mullane was the first to report the end of day one of the deliberations.

During their deliberations, the jury asked Judge Minehart for the definition of infanticide, making it appear it is taking it’s role serious in determining if the babies Gosnell killed were alive at the time of their deaths. The jury also sent Judge Minehart a question to “define theft by deception” in what appears to be its consideration of charges against Eileen O’Neill, one of Gosnell’s staffers who pretended to be a doctor who has asked the judge to be acquitted.

Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for killing babies following delivery in an abortion process that involved “snipping” their necks and spinal cords. He also faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death of a woman, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, from a botched legal abortion. Gosnell, who has been in jail since his January 2011 arrest.

The abortionist faces 258 counts total and other charges against him include one count of infanticide and one of racketeering, 24 counts of performing third-trimester abortions and 227 counts of failing to follow the 24-hour waiting period law before an abortion so women can consider its risks and alternatives.

Eight other defendants who are former staffers of Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges and are awaiting sentencing.

During the closing arguments yesterday, Gosnell defense attorney Jack McMahon attempted to make the case to the jury today that workers for Gosnell are exaggerating the importance of movements in babies Gosnell killed. He was already successful in getting three of the seven murder counts dropped related to the babies.

The grand jury report indicated one baby was “moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times.”

But McMahon said the babies Gosnell killed in an abortion process involving their live birth and eventual “snipping” of their necks and spinal cords were dead before they were actually born. He claimed any movement staffers saw after the fact was involuntary or reflexive and not an indication they were still alive after birth. He claimed no “scientific evidence” exists that any babies were alive at the time their necks were snipped.

McMahon answered the question many pro-life advocates and prosecutors have asked: Why did Gosnell snip the necks of babies who were supposedly already dead from an abortion.

“Maybe (there was) some remote pain…I don’t know,” he said.

Testimony from the medical examiner and toxicologist indicated that there was no evidence the babies were injected with Digoxin to ensure the babies were dead prior to the abortion, as the defense has claimed. The medical examiner testified that tests were inconclusive as proof that the babies were born alive. However, the tests also did not prove the babies were dead prior to birth. Those inconclusive test results were overshadowed by the weight of testimony from witness after witness, who detailed how the babies were in fact living prior to being murdered through what one witness described as a “virtual beheading.”

McMahon also defended Gosnell against the murder charge related to killing a patient in a botched abortion, and he called death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar a “tragic accident” but not murder.

Previously, the judge in the case reinstated one of the murder charges and dropped another. Gosnell’s defense attorney asked the judge to drop three of the charges for killing the babies and the judge agreed with the contention there was not enough evidence to convict Gosnell on those charges. Another charge of infanticide was also dropped.

One of the dropped charges involved a 28-week-old baby Gosnell killed and whose remains were kept in an abortion clinic freezer.

Common pleas court Judge Jeffrey Minehart also dropped five counts of corpse abuse at the request of his defense attorney and did not explain his ruling dropping any of the charges.

The defense had argued that there were no live births at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic and contends the babies died during abortions and their necks were snipped afterwards. But former Gosnell staffers testified they saw signs of life even after the abortion had been completed — saying the babies “jumped” and “screamed” and tried to escape.

Gosnell, whose squalid “house of horrors” abortion clinic has surprised even investigative officials, has had almost flippant attitude toward his macabre abortion practices shocked the nation.

“The Gosnell case is a watershed moment for the issue of abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “The discovery of his horrific practices helped shed light on an abortion industry that has run amok without oversight or accountability for decades, and has prompted significant changes in abortion laws and attitudes toward enforcement in several states.”

Previously, Gosnell’s wife Pearl pleaded guilty to assisting her husband at his Philadelphia abortion center where he killed a woman in a botched abortion and has killed hundreds of babies in abortion-infanticides. Pearl Gosnell was considering a plea deal similar to the one several of Gosnell’s former abortion center employees have made where they have pleaded guilty to receive a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying against Gosnell.

Pearl also worked at the abortion center Gosnell ran that had him kill and injure women in failed abortions and kill perhaps hundreds of babies in grisly infanticides by birthing them and “snipping” their spinal cords. She worked at the Women’s Medical Society abortion business her husband ran as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Kermit Gosnell in 1990, when she switched to only working on Sundays.

At that time, the abortion business was officially closed but would do its latest-term abortions possible. The grand jury report indicates Pearl Gosnell testified that she alone helped Kermit do abortions on Sundays when she would “help do the instruments” in the operating room despite no medical training.

The murder charges also came in connection with the botched abortion death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died at Gosnell’s abortion clinic after a failed abortion. Mongar died November 20, 2009, after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor.

Mongar’s family filed a lawsuit against Gosnell’s abortion business seeking damages. Gosnell and several staffers at his abortion center, including Pearl, were arrested in January after a grand jury indicted them on multiple charges after officials raided his abortion business following a woman’s death and discovered a “shop of horrors” filled with bags of bodies and body parts of deceased unborn children and babies killed in infanticides.

Meanwhile, women have spoken out about their treatment and one woman says she was drugged and tied up and forced to have an abortion. Authorities searching the facility found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies’ severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.

The grand jury investigation also shows state officials did nothing when reports came in about problems at Gosnell’s abortion center, which has upset incoming pro-life Governor Tom Corbett.

Gosnell’s abortion center was inspected only after a federal drug raid in 2010. It was the first time the facility had been inspected in 17 years because state officials ignored complaints and failed to visit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society for years.

The abortion industry has been forced to suspend two abortion businesses that employed embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who has been the subject of national controversy over his abortion business in Philadelphia.

Following revelations that Gosnell is associated with two other abortion centers in Louisiana and Delaware, the National Abortion Federation made the decision to suspend the memberships of both. Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, the Delaware abortion business that employed Gosnell one day a week to do abortions, and the Delta Clinic abortion center of Baton Rouge, have both had their memberships suspended. Leroy Brinkley owns both abortion businesses. Atlantic operated abortion centers in Wilmington and Dover.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: abortion; gosnel; prolife

1 posted on 04/30/2013 6:11:17 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
The seven-woman, five-man jury

The guy is going to walk.

2 posted on 04/30/2013 6:12:28 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50¢)
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To: Morgana

I hope that there is a very, very “special” place in hell for these murderers of our MOST innocent.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 6:13:17 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Morgana

If he gets the death penalty, there will certainly be press coverage on a wide scale.


4 posted on 04/30/2013 6:13:28 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: mylife

No way.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 6:14:17 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends



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6 posted on 04/30/2013 6:14:47 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: mylife

Don’t count your chickens till they’ve hatched.


7 posted on 04/30/2013 6:17:43 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: cloudmountain

AMEN!


8 posted on 04/30/2013 6:17:56 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: mylife

The guy is going to walk.


Not after he dies.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 6:18:04 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Morgana

We shall see.
Personally I think the guy is a monster.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 6:21:06 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50¢)
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To: mylife

How many of the seven women are Sandra Flukes?


11 posted on 04/30/2013 6:22:51 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Toespi
How many of the seven women are Sandra Flukes?

How many are Democrats?

12 posted on 04/30/2013 6:24:29 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends






Please Support PRO-LIFE Free Republic!


13 posted on 04/30/2013 6:25:00 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: mylife

I bet you are right. All they will need is an excuse to look the other way. Particularly in Philadelphia - the City of Infanticide.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 6:25:26 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: onyx

We shall see.


15 posted on 04/30/2013 6:25:32 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50¢)
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To: umgud; Toespi; mylife

You all chill okay? Look they were all pro choice at the start of this trial.

After what they have seen? They will give Abby Johnson a run for her money.

Just do as Father Pavone says: PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY!


16 posted on 04/30/2013 6:26:40 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Toespi

In Philly??


17 posted on 04/30/2013 6:26:47 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50¢)
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To: mylife

Even rabid democrats had to be sick over the testimony.

I will be shocked silly and sick forever if that vile murderer walks.


18 posted on 04/30/2013 6:28:59 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Morgana

If this country lets the butcher of babies off, then this country is truly fallen, and no effort should be made to save it.


19 posted on 04/30/2013 6:30:18 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: onyx

I am willing to bet that 95% of Americans have never even heard of the trial.

You know darn well Katie Couric aint covering it.


20 posted on 04/30/2013 6:30:57 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1, Half Baked 50¢)
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To: mylife; onyx

A lot don’t know. Had some prolife friends over when this trial all began and told them. They did not know.


21 posted on 04/30/2013 6:33:38 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: mylife; Morgana

The jury had to sit through the testimony.

I can’t see how they can arrive at anything but a guilty verdict.


22 posted on 04/30/2013 7:02:42 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Just a question here? did not Roe vs Wade make his practice legal?
I want this Cat to fry like everyone else. I think he loved to murder innocents but did the Supremes gave him the power to do so?


23 posted on 04/30/2013 7:11:21 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: onyx
Even rabid democrats had to be sick over the testimony.

I will be shocked silly and sick forever if that vile murderer walks.


I agree. The divide will be unbridgeable if he is allowed to walk and a sign that we are in a "hot" civil war. I say that with great sadness.
24 posted on 04/30/2013 7:22:51 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PA Engineer

I couldn’t agree with you more, if I tried.

I’ve been praying for a “guilty on all counts” verdict.


25 posted on 04/30/2013 7:25:19 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: mylife

WTH is REMOTE pain?


26 posted on 05/01/2013 3:59:55 AM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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