Judge Orders Jury To Resume Deliberations In Abortion Doctor Trial
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The judge in the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has ordered the jury to resume deliberations after the jury announced Monday that they were deadlocked on two charges.
The judge told jurors to resume deliberations at about 11:15 a.m. Monday. The judge also informed attorneys involved in the case to stay nearby.
Earlier in the day Monday, the jury sent a note to the judge stating that they were hung on two counts. It was not immediately known which two counts they were deadlocked on.
The jury is now in its 10th day of deliberations.
The 72-year-old Gosnell is facing hundreds of counts, led by five counts of murder (four babies allegedly born alive and then killed with scissors and one woman who died during an abortion). In addition to the five murder charges, Gosnell also faces more than 200 charges of violating abortion law. Other charges included conspiracy and performing abortions past 24 weeks. This is the only charge conceded by the defense.
The jury heard and seen all the evidence (the often gruesome and disturbing evidence), heard the attorneys’ arguments.
Gosnell’s defense team argued the babies were not born alive, and the woman’s death was an accident, resulting from an adverse reaction to medicine.