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Gosnell Found Guilty of First Degree Murder in ‘House of Horrors’ Abortion, Murder Trial
The court case that has both horrified and gripped the nation is about to come to a close. A verdict in the Dr. Kermit Gosnell trial is in: The abortion doctor is guilty of three of four first-degree murder charges (these were three of more than 250 criminal counts against him). The penalty phase of the case may come next week and Gosnell may receive the death penalty over these convictions.
The emotion surrounding the case has been intense, as abortion continues to be a monumentally-contentious issue in America, specifically late-term procedures. Throughout the weeks-long trial, defense attorney Jack McMahon attempted to paint the abortion doctor as a victim of racism and elitism who is being targeted by the judicial system. Conversely, the prosecution, led by Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, dubbed him a heartless killer who murdered babies outside of the womb.
Kermit Gosnell guilty of murder in 3 infants’ deaths
The 72-year-old was charged with killing four premature babies by severing their spinal cords after they were born alive in his Philadelphia clinic. He was acquitted of one of those charges and convicted in three. Gosnell was also found guilty in the accidental death of a patient who died after receiving an abortion and a lethal mix of sedatives and painkillers at his clinic.
Gosnell's lawyers argued during the trial that no babies were born alive in the clinic.
A 2010 federal investigation described the West Philadelphia clinic as a filthy "house of horrors" that primarily served low-income women seeking late-term abortions. The nearly 300-page grand jury report said remains of fetuses were stored in freezers and that instruments used in abortions were contaminated with sexually transmitted diseases.
Gosnell faced hundreds of lesser charges, including employing a minor in his clinic and violating the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions. He was also charged with performing abortions on women who were more than 24 weeks pregnant, which is illegal in the state. Gosnell's wife, a cosmetologist who helped perform the abortions, was among four of the clinic's employees who also pleaded guilty to several charges.
Prosecutors are expected to now seek the death penalty for Gosnell.
Originally posted by Berzerked
reply to post by ThirdEyeofHorus
He never wouldve lived to see his execution... All he did was avoid being on death row until he died naturally.
Death row is usually a lot harder on an inmate than general population