Jurors Recount Challenges of Their Work in Gosnell Abortion-Murder Trial
By John McDevitt
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Three of the jurors in the murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell spoke with news reporters today outside the Criminal Justice Center, following the doctor’s final sentencing (see related story).
Jurors said the case was emotionally tolling for all involved.
“There were cases where the photos of the babies were blown up and they were right in front of your face, and you had to stare at it,” said jury foreman David Misko, 27 (top photo). “I mean, it was definitely hard seeing that.”
But Misko says most of the first-degree murder charges were easy to decide.
“The premeditation, it was business as usual with him. He snipped the necks (of fetuses) no matter what happened, so it seemed that was what it was — the premeditation with the babies.”
Juror Sarah Glinski, 23 (right), says one of the murder cases was a bit more complex than the others.
“We were hung on Baby C because of the movement,” she said (see related story). “We weren’t sure if the movement this baby made was a twitch or if it was indicative of life.”
Another juror, 46-year-old Joseph Carroll (right), was asked if he would have liked to have seen the mothers charged in connection with the late-term abortions.
“In my opinion, yes,” he said.