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Posted on 05/13/2013 8:39:42 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Jury hung on two counts in Philadelphia abortion trial
ReutersBy Dave Warner | Reuters 48 mins ago
By Dave Warner
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia jury in its 10th day of deliberations told the judge on Monday that it was hung on two counts in the murder trial of a doctor accused of killing babies and a patient during late-term abortions at a clinic that served low-income women.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, who ran the now-closed Women's Medical Society Clinic, could face the death penalty if convicted by the jury in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia.
The seven-woman, five-man jury, after taking the weekend off, resumed deliberations at about 8:30 a.m. and sent out a handwritten note about 90 minutes later.
The note said it was hung on two counts, according to one of the attorneys in the case.
Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for delivering live babies during late-term abortions and then deliberately severing their spinal cords, prosecutors said.
He also faces charges that he performed 24 abortions after 24 weeks. It is legal in Pennsylvania to abort a fetus up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy.
In addition he faces charges of conspiracy and more than 200 counts of violating the state's informed consent law for abortion which mandates a 24-hour waiting period.
The jury heard five weeks of testimony and has been deliberating since April 30.
Gosnell's defense contends there is no evidence the babies were alive after they were aborted.
Testimony depicted a filthy clinic, serving mostly low-income women in a largely black community.
Gosnell is also charged with murdering Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, who died from a drug overdose after going to him for an abortion, prosecutors said.
Gosnell has been in jail since his January 2011 arrest.
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find on 1 count and hang him.
Yep, O.J. verdict.
what is the racial make up of the jury? that is far more important than the gender make up
“Yep, O.J. verdict.”
Racism on the part of blacks will continue, and intensify unless there is resistance.
A predominantly black jury will rarely convict a black defendant.
omg seriously. This man is Josef Mengele... hang him.
Likely low information voters or possibly a free Obama phone recipient on the jury. My bet is Gosnell will get off with some minor infractions and will lose his medical license, but not much else.
As long as they’re agreed on the capital counts, let’s press on.
They requested to review the testimony regarding the baby born alive who was swimming in the toilet. My guess is that they are hung on the capital counts. They’ll convict on the petty stuff but he’ll walk on the more serious charges.
Lord have mercy on this nation. How far we have fallen.
If they are hung on just two counts, he must have been found guilty on a great number of the others.
If I was the judge, I’d accept the verdicts already reached no later than tomorrow. That would give the prosecutor the option of retrying if he is by some perverse miracle found not guilty on most of the counts.
It could be that the prosecutor alleged multiple crimes for the same conduct. If so, a jury would be correct to disregard those stacked charges.
If the jury is black any conviction will be for minor offenses. However, don’t overlook the post trial book deals, the talk show circuit and maybe even a movie. He could end up a millionaire.
Because using scissors to snip the necks of babies swimming in toilets is so confusing.
outside the cities Pennsylvania can be quite conservative.
seems like they had the trial where the liberal city dwellers could do the most bad.
He already is a millionaire. This asshat made upwards of $15,000 killing babies and selling narcotics prescriptions. He’s a menace to society & should be executed.
RARELY? How about NEVER! It’s all about “payback” for past “racism” against all Blacks!
Wonder how many jurors are grappling with the hell they put their preborn child through...I've thought about that too. I'm sure there are no pro-life jurors, and the ones who state they are non-committal, are in fact, pro-choice. Because your can't be tepid on life.
Wonder how many are hung up on the color of Kermitt’s skin? If I remember right that is what the defense pushed.