Tag: Kermit Gosnell

Dr. Kermit Gosnell Avoids Death Penalty, Waives Appeals

Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell agreed today to two life sentences and waive his appeal rights in exchange for the state taking the death penalty off the table.

Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder on Monday in the deaths of three babies who were born live and then killed by severing their spinal chords with scissors. As part of the deal, Gosnell, 72, will serve two life sentences without the possibility of parole or the opportunity to appeal.

Sentencing is set for tomorrow. [More...]

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PA to Seek Death Penalty Against Abortion Doctor

Prosecutors in Philadelphia announced today they will seek the death penalty against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. They asked for an extension of time to decide whether they will also seek the death penalty against his co-defendants.

We are seeking the death penalty” against Gosnell because of two “aggravating factors” — he’s accused of multiple murders and his alleged victims are younger than age 12, Pescatore said.

His lawyer, Jack McMahon, says:

“He’s a 70-year-old man with no previous record. And Pennsylvania hasn’t carried out an execution in years (since 1999). The reality is there will be no death penalty for Mr. Gosnell, so why clog up the court system with a death penalty case that is death penalty in name only?” McMahon said.

The facts of the case, which I reported on at length here, are gruesome. But the death penalty is overkill. And to use it as a bargaining chip against the co-defendants is particularly odious: [More..]

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