Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Convicted of Three Counts of 1st-degree Murder
In mid-April, Kermit Gosnell went on trial after being charged with 263 crimes in January 2011, most notably seven counts of infanticide and one murder of an adult patient. According to NBC, Gosnell was convicted of three of four murders Monday after the jury found itself hung on two counts earlier in the day.
The judge reminded the jury they must be unanimous on all counts. They ultimately found Gosnell guilty of three of four counts of infanticide, which he committed by snipping the infant’s spinal cords with scissors. The remainder of the charges were with regards to violation of abortion laws.
Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic was shut down when his crimes were exposed. During his more than 30 years of practicing abortions he wasn’t licensed to perform, Gosnell is said to have performed hundreds of late-term abortions, sometimes as late as 30 weeks. He used untrained staff, administered anesthesia incorrectly, prescribed highly addictive painkillers without the proper supervision, as well as treated patients in unclean conditions. The details of the trial were hard for all involved to bear:
“The group were subjected to graphic images and testimony over the course of the trial. Some visibly flinched at the evidence, while others teared up. They also got a glimpse at some of the equipment used inside the clinic.”
The trial is now entering the sentencing phase. Gosnell faces the death penalty