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Murder Trial Begins into ‘House of Horrors’ Abortionist

kermit-gosnellAbortionist Kermit Gosnell, who ran the “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in West Philadelphia that was shut down after an FBI raid in 2010, faced the jury for the first time Monday in a case with high stakes: Gosnell faces the possibility of the death sentence if found guilty.

Gosnell, 72, is facing capital murder charges for allegedly severing the spines of at least seven babies born alive at his filthy abortion center.  He is also facing one additional count of third degree murder for the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who sought an abortion at his clinic and was given a lethal overdose of medication.

Eight former clinic workers have already pled guilty in connection with the alleged murders, including Gosnell’s wife.  Most of them are expected to testify against Gosnell during the trial, which is expected to last six to eight weeks.

In his opening remarks, Gosnell’s lawyer, Jack McMahon, said the details of the case would be difficult for everyone in the courtroom to hear, “because we all love babies.” However, he said the city cannot prove that the seven babies his client stands accused of killing were born alive.

While five of the murder charges are based on the word of Gosnell’s staff that the babies moved or cried after birth, prosecutors possess a photograph of one baby who was born at 30 weeks, and the physical remains of another baby.

McMahon appealed to the mostly-black jury, accusing the city of perpetrating a “prosecutorial lynching” upon his client, who is also black.

“This is a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who’s done nothing but give to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia,” said McMahon.

But prosecutor Joanne Pescatore accused Gosnell of preying on the poor and desperate by selling illegal late-term abortions.  She alleged he cut costs by using unlicensed staff, outdated drugs and unconventional methods, often forcing women to deliver live babies that he or his staff would then kill, usually by “snipping” their spines with scissors.

Said Pescatore, “The standard practice here was to slay babies. That’s what they did.”

Pescatore said it was Gosnell who was the racist one.  She alleged Gosnell gave superior care to white women, placing them in different rooms, giving individual attention to each one, and ordering staff to constantly monitor their care.

Pescatore said that when Gosnell’s employees pointed out the racism of his policies, Gosnell would simply reply, “It’s the way of the world.”

Added Pescatore, “This so-called doctor didn’t treat all the women the same. He treated the white women differently.”

The first witness called to the stand was FBI agent Jason Huff, who was part of the team that raided the facility in 2010, in what was meant to be a drug bust.  Huff said the FBI had intended to investigate whether Gosnell had been selling illegal prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, and had chosen the timing of their raid specifically to avoid being seen by any patients.

The agents expected to find Gosnell alone at the facility and interview him.  Instead, they walked into a “House of Horrors,” as District Attorney Seth Williams described it in 2011 – a dirty clinic filled with moaning, bleeding, heavily medicated women in tremendous pain.

The women in the worst condition were taken by ambulance to local hospitals, but the agents allowed Gosnell to complete the other abortions before submitting to questioning.

Agent Huff said that when Gosnell returned from his bloody business, he brought dinner and ate it during the interview without bothering to change out of his soiled surgical gear.  “He was still wearing his bloody latex gloves,” Huff recalled. “They had some holes in them. And he ate his dinner. He didn’t take them off.”

Defense lawyer McMahon addressed Gosnell’s lack of cleanliness and professionalism in his remarks, complaining that it was unfair to expect an abortion clinic serving poor women in a “nitty-gritty” neighborhood to meet the same medical and cleanliness standards as a respected medical facility.

“They want to put Mayo Clinic standards on a West Philadelphia clinic,” said McMahon. “If you want Mayo Clinic standards, go to the Mayo Clinic.”


This article is courtesy of LifeSiteNews.com.


  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    I read this article on “Murder Trial Begins into ‘House of Horrors’
    Abortionist” with amazement.
    Is there not the presumption of innocence in the US. Is a person not innocent until proved guilty? Are court proceedings not prejudiced by pre-trial publicity of alleged criminals?

    The importance of a fair trial is vital.

    I thought the days of giving a man a fair trial and then hanging him were over.

    In Ireland this trial would be tossed out of court as it has been prejudiced by irresponsible comments.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    I read this article on “Murder Trial Begins into ‘House of Horrors’ Abortionist with amazement. Is there not the presumption of innocence in the US? Is a person not innocent until proved guilty? Are court proceedings not prejudiced by pre-trial publicity of alleged criminals?

    The importance of a fair trial is vital.

    I thought the days of giving a man a fair trial and then hanging him
    were over.

    In Ireland this trial would be tossed out of court as it has been prejudiced by irresponsible comments.

  • Mary Kochan

    Presumption of innocence just means that the government has to prove what he did, as opposed to him having to prove what he didn’t do. It has nothing to do with what other people think or say.

  • Chelsea Zimmerman

    I’m not sure what “irresponsible comments”you’re referring to.
    This article is just quoting what has been said in the courtroom in
    which it is the prosecutor’s job to present witnesses to prove that he
    did the thing he’s being accused of doing. He then has a defense team whose job it is to prove that he did not. That is the definition of a fair trial.

  • goral

    Perhaps McMahon can use his connections and move the trial to Ireland.

    The guy runs a Philly style “butcher shop” and by law, he’s presumed innocent. (wink, wink)
    The infants and their mothers were guilty so the first incurred the executioner’s snip, while the later were sentenced to a life of psychological and likely physical torment.
    Like Lady Macbeth, he’ll never wash the blood off his gloves and hands.

    Roman law was the pride of the civilized world, at that time. Barabas walked, so can
    Gosnell. The mitigating factor in his favor is that he “helped” the poor.

    In Obamaland that goes a long way. The Feds are involved, the race-card is being played and Holder is the general in charge. This could very easily go Noel’s way.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    It seems there is agreement fair trials do not
    exist in the US always.
    “The guy runs a Philly style “butcher
    shop” and by law, he’s presumed innocent. (wink, wink)”

    I have often praised America, The US is not devoid of fairness and justice always.

    I hope this innocent man will get a faIr trial, and that in
    the sweet land of liberty Lynch Law no longer exists.

    Mary, Ireland and the US differ, substantially due to your free
    speech constitutional amendment. Here in Ireland a person is innocent until proved guilty. We do not have a wink wink system.

    Chelsea, the article did not quote the defence.

    I am flattered to have replies from both you and Mary .. My good friend Mary has often disagreed with me, but always with clarity, cogency, respect and courtesy. Thus I always appreciate her candour.

    • Chelsea Zimmerman

      Read it again, Noel. From the article: “In his opening remarks, Gosnell’s lawyer, Jack McMahon, said the details of the case would be difficult for everyone in the courtroom to hear, “because we all love babies.” However, he said the city cannot prove that the seven babies his client stands accused of killing were born alive.

      While five of the murder charges are based on the word of Gosnell’s
      staff that the babies moved or cried after birth, prosecutors possess a
      photograph of one baby who was born at 30 weeks, and the physical
      remains of another baby.

      McMahon appealed to the mostly-black jury, accusing the city of
      perpetrating a “prosecutorial lynching” upon his client, who is also
      black.

      “This is a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who’s
      done nothing but give to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia,”
      said McMahon.”

      Sounds like quoting the defense to me. So, again, I don’t understand your beef, here. He has a team defending him in court. It’s not a “wink, wink” system. He is getting a fair trial.

  • Noel Fitzpatrick

    Chelsea,

    many thanks for your reply to me. I know that at the helm of CL you have a lot on your plate. The rule of law is basic, and it is hoped that this trial will be fair, and justice will be done.

    I think I have made my points, as have others.

    Let the residents of the Lane decide.

    I do hope that racial overtones will not influence the result. Justice is blindfolded and I hope does not recognize the color of skin (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070227130910AAxla0T).