#Gosnell: Guilty. Should he get the death penalty?

Posted by: ST on May 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

At last, justice for some of the many babies “Dr.” Gosnell murdered – and for his adult victim as well. Via Life News:

The jury in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell returned a verdict and found him guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced.

Gosnell was found guilty of killing Baby A, Baby C and Baby D and found not guilty of killing Baby E. He was also convicted on hundreds of lesser charges ranging from infanticide to running a corrupt organization.

The guilty verdict on these three counts subjects the abortion “doctor” to the potential he will face the death penalty when a second jury considers his sentencing on the convictions. At minimum Gosnell will face three life terms in prison. The jury that will be tasked with sentencing Gosnell on the convictions will begin its work on May 21.

Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died after a botched abortion. And he was found guilty on most of the more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s informed consent law.

In total, Gosnell was found guilty of 21 out of 24 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond the 24 week limit and found guilty on all but 16 of 227 misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law.

One local reporter covering the trial indicated Gosnell “heard verdict passively, with small bitter faced smiles.” A Fox news reporter added, “Our Fox producer in the courtroom says Gosnell looked mad when the verdicts were read.”

Multiple reports indicate an assistant prosecutor sobbed as the verdict was read.

Pro-abortion “feminist” groups pretended to be elated by the verdicts today, as exemplified by Planned Parenthood’s reaction:

Planned Parenthood applauded the verdict on Monday, saying in a statement that “The jury has punished Kermit Gosnell for his appalling crimes.”

“This verdict will ensure that no woman is victimized by Kermit Gosnell ever again,” said Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero. “This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women’s options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”

Conveniently left out of their little “statement of support” for the verdicts was the fact that the state of Pennsylvania was derelict in their routine inspection duties for over 15  years on all PA abortion clinics because they didn’t want to face the wrath of the likes of “feminist” groups like Planned Parenthood, who while claiming to make women’s health their number one priority strangely don’t take too kindly to too much state oversight of abortion clinics, you know, because they want the utmost “privacy for the patients” and all that.  In fact, the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA admitted they had heard many complaints from women about the horrific conditions of Gosnell’s clinics … but did nothing.  Also contra to Planned Parenthood’s bloviations otherwise, Gosnell’s clinic was not an “underground, back alley” clinic but right on the corner in plain view, and as far as anyone knew outside of the Planned Parenthood dupes who did nothing in response to women’s complaints about the clinic, his clinic on the surface from the outside was no different from any other – remember, no inspections had been done there for well over a decade. So it wasn’t technically an “illegal” clinic, either.  And there were no “misguided laws” at play here and no woman was “forced” to go to Gosnell because of any alleged “misguided laws.”  However,  what was in play here was the THE LACK OF ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING LAWS via routine inspections which we know didn’t happen. Hello? So, no, Planned Parenthood’s statement about “safe, legal access” for abortion rings extremely hollow to yours truly – and it should for you, too.

Blood is on the hands of many here like Planned Parenthood and others who indirectly contributed to the murders of those babies (and countless others we’ll never know about) as well as Ms. Mongar by their militant dedication to reduced oversight for abortion clinics in the name of “privacy.”   Most won’t be punished here on earth but will be called to the ultimate account at some point, if you catch my drift.

The question on a lot of minds today in the aftermath of the guilty verdicts was “Should Gosnell get the death penalty”? He’s 72 years old, and with all the charges he was found guilty of  – in addition to the murder and manslaughter convictions – he’ll be in jail for the rest of his life.   Would administering the death penalty to him at this stage in his life even be worth it? Some argue that a better penalty is for him to spend the rest of his life in prison, thinking about what he did, let the guilt eat away at him.  I’m inclined to agree.  What do you think?

Kermit Gosnell

Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors. Note the father, baby, and mother logo. Haunting. Photo via the Examiner.

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  1. Dana says:

    I said that no, he shouldn’t get the death penalty. Even if he is sentenced to death, he won’t be executed; Pennsylvania has executed only three men since the restoration of capital punishment, and all three had dropped all of their appeals and volunteered for execution.

  2. Phineas says:

    Death penalty. Even if (as seems likely) it’s never carried out due to drawn out appeals, the people in the form of the jury need to make a statement that some crimes are so horrible that only a sentence of death can be called “just.”

  3. Dana says:

    Phineas: That’s exactly what we do in Pennsylvania: we use the death penalty to enable district attorneys to tel the voters just how tough they are on crime, and to enable juries to say how really, really angry they are over some guy’s crimes, and everybody knows that it isn’t meant seriously, because we don’t actually execute anyone. The death penalty is a very bad, very expensive joke here.

  4. On the one hand it is easy to say the death penalty at this stage of his life is overkill, no pun intended. He may not live much longer anyway but still cannot die fast enough to suit many of us. But get on the internet and take a look at the evidence photos; it will change you no matter where you stand on the issue.

    A most bothersome and telling aspect of this “shop of horrors” was that the refrigerator had fetal matter in biological waste bags in the freezer compartment while the lower compartment held the employees’ lunches. It is reminiscent of slaughterhouse workers eating their lunches on the “kill floor” sitting straddle of a carcass.

  5. Great White Rat says:

    To quote Hillary, what difference does it make? As Dana says, any death sentence is unlikely to be carried out, so either way it’s a life sentence.

    That said, I gotta side with Phineas here, and for much the same reasons. Treating this as anything less than a capital offense would have a net effect of desensitizing people even more to horrific crimes. I’m not thinking of the death penalty primarily as something for a DA to use in a campaign ad in the way Dana alluded to. But I sure as hell don’t want the population in general to reach the point where crimes of this magnitude elicit yawns. There are some things that should shock you.

  6. Why make a big deal out of it? Go Talionic. Have his spine snipped!

  7. Kate in MI says:

    Hmmmm, how about this-put him in a Plexiglass-lined cell and toss in every day’s accumulation of abortions…he should be gone in a few weeks or so-a symbolic retribution by some of his victims”relatives’…

  8. Kate says:

    Cold, the man is a murder machine. He deserves the death sentence. I cannot judge the man’s heart, but by observing the manner in which he operated, I can only conclude that his major motivator was money and preying upon undereducated women. Because of this society needs to get ahold of itself and decry and condemn the man for what he did and he deserves to pay the ultimate price, regardless of age or health concerns. I know there is an appeal process, which is ludicrous for such cases with so much evidence, but let that play out and let him sit in jail and die there if that’s the case. The money spent on his appeals should be taken out of his personal savings, not the states!