Convicted West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to running a “pill-mill” from which thousands of prescriptions for pain-killers were distributed.
Jurors said the case was emotionally tolling for all involved.
Gosnell agreed to forego any appeals in exchange for elimination of the death penalty.
What has been lost during the clinical readback of the aide’s testimony is the emotion: she broke down several times on the witness stand while testifying.
During its fifth day of deliberations, the jury in the trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell asked the court to redefine “degrees” of murder and other charges.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder involving babies allegedly killed after being born alive and viable, and one count of third-degree murder in the death of a woman who died following an abortion.
Another former worker at the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell today testified for the prosecution about the gruesome work and the alleged murders that took place there.
Lynda Williams, who has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges and is cooperating with prosecutors, told the jury that despite her lack of an license or certification, she routinely did ultrasounds, placed IVs, and administered medicines, with little or no supervision.
Sherry West, who pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement, testified that she and other workers routinely inserted intravenous lines and administered medications while Gosnell was not at the medical center.
Nearly all of the state’s abortion clinics are expected to remain open under a tougher law that raises surgical standards as a response to grotesque conditions discovered at a Philadelphia clinic two years ago, state officials said Monday.
In response to the horrors uncovered by the grand jury investigation of a West Philadelphia abortion clinic, the state Senate and House have now passed similar but different bills on the regulation of clinics that have abortion rights advocates up in arms.
A bill that would add cell phone text messages to the sales pitches covered by Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call list has been approved by a Pennsylvania House committee.
There was an emotional legal setback on Friday for the wife of the West Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with the murder of seven newborns and a woman patient.
When they finally resumed inspections of abortion clinics last year after more than 15 years, Pennsylvania health regulators ordered 14 of the state’s 22 freestanding clinics to remedy problems, a review of records shows.