Breaking: Verdict reached in Gosnell trial; Update: Guilty of 1st-degree murder for 3 of 4 babies

posted at 2:26 pm on May 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Fox News and CNN are on alert as I write this:

Stand by.

Update: Like Ace, I think the fact that they were hung on two counts this morning bodes ill. If they’ve already found him guilty on the four murder counts, they wouldn’t let divisions over a lesser charge delay the verdict. If, on the other hand, they’d already found him guilty on two murder counts and are stuck on the other two, you would think the “guilty” faction would relent on the two that are undecided since they’ve already nailed him twice. The likeliest disposition is that they’ve acquitted him on two counts and are, or were, fighting over murder charges on the other two.

Needless to say, with 263 counts, they’re going to get him on something. He’ll do time. But the murder charges, for obvious reasons, are what people are interested in.

Update: In case you’ve seen the now-famous photo from the trial of a baby with its spine slit, don’t look for a verdict on that murder charge today. The judge has already dismissed it on grounds that the prosecution couldn’t prove that the baby was born alive before it was, effectively, decapitated. Perfectly legal in America to kill it in the womb and then cut its spine in half, just to be sure.

Update (Ed): From JD Mullane, a nuanced split decision on the murder charges:

Looks like the jury was really trying to get this right. Stand by for more.

Update (Ed): Also guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Karnamaya Mongar, the woman who died in a late-term abortion.

Update (Ed): Last week, Kermit Gosnell was smiling and laughing in the courtroom.  Not any longer:

Update (Ed): This may seem redundant, but these charges would have allowed the jury to take a pass on 1st-degree murder convictions if so inclined:

The local NBC affiliate reports that sentencing will begin on July 15th.  They will empanel a different jury to consider the death penalty for the murder charges.

Update (Erika): …And the babies, no?

Update (Erika): NARAL‘s statement also straight-up skates over the fact that Gosnell was just convicted for the murder of three babies:

Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty and will get what he deserves. Now, let’s make sure these women are vindicated by delivering what all women deserve: access to the full range of health services including safe, high-quality and legal abortion care.


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INC on May 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Yes..long time ago.
Was a big story here..locally.

Yeah.. understatement. :(

bazil9 on May 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Trolls shown up yet?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Sachiko on May 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

You’re welcome.

I have another quote for you. I think I got this one from the Priests For Life site.

Nothing has been as damaging to our cause as the advances in technology which have allowed pictures of the developing fetus, because people now talk about that fetus in much different terms than they did fifteen years ago. They talk about it as a human being, which is not something that I have an easy answer how to cure.
–Harrison Hickman
–1989 conference of the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Now with Gosnell, they have no answer. Jill Stanek has been writing this year about the increasing demoralization of abortionists. That’s how much they care about making abortion “rare”—they get down about it.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Just you…

cozmo on May 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Just you…

cozmo on May 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I opened THAT door up, didn’t I.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

And walked ran right into it.

cozmo on May 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You’re welcome.

I have another quote for you. I think I got this one from the Priests For Life site.

Nothing has been as damaging to our cause as the advances in technology which have allowed pictures of the developing fetus, because people now talk about that fetus in much different terms than they did fifteen years ago. They talk about it as a human being, which is not something that I have an easy answer how to cure.
–Harrison Hickman
–1989 conference of the National Abortion Rights Action League.

Now with Gosnell, they have no answer. Jill Stanek has been writing this year about the increasing demoralization of abortionists. That’s how much they care about making abortion “rare”—they get down about it.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I bet they hate the ability to change your profile picture to your ultrasound picture on Facebook.

cptacek on May 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

cptacek on May 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

William Saletan of Slate wrote an article in 2007 on the impact of technology on abortion: “The fetus is squirming, and so are we.”

Yeah, they hate it.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

9 of 12 Jurors in #Gosnell Trial Are ‘Pro-Choice’ http://ow.ly/kZwUn

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Somebody ask for Humpbot?

http://tinyurl.com/humpgos

jmad on May 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I didn’t know that. Was that when they were being asked questions prior to being seated for the trial?

“And to give you some background on the jurors, of the seven women and five men who are on the jury, at least nine told the court that they are pro-choice. Two say that they are neither pro-choice nor pro-life.”

So only one is pro-life? That’s remarkable.

I wonder what they all think now.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

bazil9 on May 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

I agree with you … and a year or 2 ago I would agree with you.
and I feel the Bible supports this because as was pointed out…
an image bearer of GOD was murdered.

but then the cold eyed accountant shows up …
paying X amount for appeals x number of years …
*sigh* …. but I agree it meets the criteria IMHO
to be a DP award ….

conservative tarheel on May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

9 of 12 Jurors in #Gosnell Trial Are ‘Pro-Choice’ http://ow.ly/kZwUn

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Seriously?!?!?!

ladyingray on May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Even if given the death penalty, he won’t die from it. Take life without parole in general population.

He’s WANTING the death penalty at this point….

ladyingray on May 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I’m wondering how many other denizens of abortion clinics are closely watching this unfold. I also wonder what their pucker factor is right about now.

Oldnuke on May 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

The one image that comes to mind is the scene in the movie “Ghost”. The bad guy dies at the end, and the black shadows come to get him, and drag him away.

I hope when they come for Gosnell, he goes kicking and screaming, and has to run the gauntlet of the faces of every baby he ever butchered…all the way to Hell!

grumpy_old_soldier on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

His lawyer is a piece of work.

Speaking outside the courthouse moments after the jury handed down its decision, Gosnell’s attorney Jack McMahon said he had confidence in the legal system but acknowledged that the case presented particular difficulties, including what he called “The baby factor.” McMahon also claimed the media made his job toughter: ”The media has been overwhelmingly against [Gosnell],” he told reporters.

What media was that?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

grumpy_old_soldier on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

yup .. and then at the great white throne … he is brought before the King of Kings and is tried … every baby he butchered is there and testifies against him …
he is judged by his works as everything is written down … then the lambs book is opened and his name is not written down … and at this point the King of Kings pronounces sentence “depart from me into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”
at this point he is picked up and cast into the lake of fire.

conservative tarheel on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

9 of 12 Jurors in #Gosnell Trial Are ‘Pro-Choice’ http://ow.ly/kZwUn

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Seriously?!?!?!

ladyingray on May 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Which tells you how truly ugly this was that even believers couldn’t turn away.

kim roy on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

What media was that?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

oh come now … the throngs of reporters and tv and radio types down there
standing room only in the press area .. /s

conservative tarheel on May 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

A just verdict. The jury has rightly convicted #Gosnell for his appalling crimes, ensuring no woman is victimized by him ever again.

PP is just as guilty as Gosnell. More guilty in fact, they have far more innocent baby blood on their hands.

Kjeil on May 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Silly ‘social conservatives’ ruining the party with their defense of the unborn. How many more babies do you want to save at the expense of the party!?eleventyone1one1!

LaughterJones on May 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

PP is just as guilty as Gosnell. More guilty in fact, they have far more innocent baby blood on their hands.

Kjeil on May 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

It’s a hollow statement by the leading, government authorized death camp in the USA.

You get to have freedoms in the USA! Just have to make it out of the womb first!

LaughterJones on May 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Trolls shown up yet?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

.
Just you…

cozmo on May 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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I opened THAT door up, didn’t I.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

.
And walked ran right into it.

cozmo on May 13, 2013 at 5:41 PM

.
Why do I always miss the good stuff, in real time ?

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Ok, now that the trial is over, will the Exalted One comment on it?

And will anyone in the media have the temerity to actually ask him to go on record?

Forgive me. I’ve been watching political movies, where these things actually happen…

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

May they now Rest in Peace

txmomof6 on May 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

May they now Rest in Peace

txmomof6 on May 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Another 3,288 today, and every day in the USA.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

A just verdict. The jury has rightly convicted #Gosnell for his appalling crimes, ensuring no woman is victimized by him ever again.

Wow, can’t even bring themselves to mention the babies.

Dongemaharu on May 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

If the bill Obama sponsored in the Illinois legislature had passed in Pennsylvania, would Gosnell have been convicted?

As I recall, Obama wanted to decriminalize killing a baby after a botched abortion.

jya lai on May 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

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