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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy clinic, in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's debate over abortion.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-overdose death of a patient who had undergone an abortion. He was cleared in the death of a fourth baby, who prosecutors say let out a soft whimper before he snipped its neck.
Gosnell appeared hopeful before the verdict was read and calm afterward; jurors and lawyers on both sides were more emotional.
The jury will return May 21 to hear evidence on whether Gosnell should get the death penalty.
Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal late-term abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants "snipped" the newborns' spines, as he referred to it.
"Are you human?" prosecutor Ed Cameron snarled during closing arguments as Gosnell sat calmly at the defense table. "To med these women up and stick knives in the backs of babies?"
The grisly details came out more than two years ago during an investigation of prescription drug trafficking at Gosnell's clinic in an impoverished section of West Philadelphia.
Authorities said the clinic was a foul-smelling "house of horrors" with bags and bottles of stored fetuses, including jars of severed feet, along with bloodstained furniture, dirty medical instruments, and cats roaming the premises.
Pennsylvania authorities had failed to conduct routine inspections of all of its abortion clinics for 15 years by the time Gosnell's facility was raided and closed down. In the scandal's aftermath, two top state health department officials were fired, and Pennsylvania imposed tougher rules for clinics.
"We see this as triumph of justice," said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a group that has taken a lead role in efforts to enact anti-abortion laws in state legislatures.
Four former clinic employees have pleaded guilty to murder and four more to other charges. They include Gosnell's wife, Pearl, a cosmetologist who helped perform abortions.
Both sides of the abortion divide seized on the case. Abortion foes said it exposed the true nature of abortion in all its disturbing detail. Abortion rights activists warned that Gosnell's rogue practice foreshadows what poor and desperate young women could face if abortion is driven underground with more restrictive laws.
Midway through the six-week trial, anti-abortion activists accused the mainstream media of ignoring the case because it reflected badly on the abortion rights cause. Major news organizations denied the allegation, though a number promptly sent reporters to cover the trial.
After prosecutors rested their case, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart threw out for lack of evidence three of seven murder counts involving aborted fetuses. That left the jury to weigh charges involving fetuses identified as Baby A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E.
Prosecution experts said one was nearly 30 weeks along when it was aborted, and it was so big that Gosnell allegedly joked it could "walk to the bus." A second fetus was said to be alive for some 20 minutes before a clinic worker snipped its neck. A third was born in a toilet and was moving before another clinic employee grabbed it and severed its spinal cord, according to testimony.
Baby E let out a soft whimper before Gosnell cut its neck, prosecutors alleged. Gosnell was acquitted in that baby's death, the only one of the four in which no eyewitness account was given during the trial.
Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon, argued that none of the fetuses was born alive and that any movements were posthumous twitching or spasms.
He also contended that the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar of Woodbridge, Va., a Bhutanese immigrant who had been given repeated doses of Demerol and other powerful drugs to sedate her and induce labor, was caused by unforeseen complications.
Gosnell was also convicted of infanticide, racketeering and more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania's abortion laws by performing third-term abortions or failing to counsel women 24 hours in advance.
Gosnell did not testify, and his lawyer called no witnesses in his defense. But McMahon argued that the doctor provided desperate young woman with "a solution to their problems," and he branded prosecutors "elitist" and "racist" for pursuing his client, who is black and whose patients were mostly poor minorities.
"We know why he was targeted," McMahon said.
Prosecutors described Gosnell's employees as nearly as desperate as the patients. Some had little or no medical training, and at least one was a teenager still in high school. One woman needed the work to support her children after her husband's murder.
Stephen Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate who could not find a residency, told jurors that Gosnell taught him how to snip babies' spines, something he then did at least 100 times at the clinic.
"I felt like a fireman in hell," Massof testified. "I couldn't put out all the fires."
Gosnell still faces federal drug charges. Authorities said that he ranked third in the state for OxyContin prescriptions and that he left blank prescription pads at his office and let staff members make them out to cash-paying patients.
He performed thousands of abortions over a 30-year career. Authorities said the medical practice alone netted him about $1.8 million a year, much of it in cash. Authorities found $250,000 hidden in a bedroom when they searched his house. Gosnell also owned a beach home and several rental properties.
"He created an assembly line with no regard for these women whatsoever," Cameron said. "And he made money doing that."
http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20130513/US--Abortion.Clinic.Deaths/PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty Monday of... more
Jersey Shore Cast S.T.D. Rumors with Dr. Phillis
On this installment Dr. Phillis interviews, via satellite, some of the Jersey Shore cast members. Snooki, Pauly D, The Situation, and Sammi are questioned about the herpes outbreak situation. Further questioning involves to-the-point responses that only Dr. Phillis can deliver.
Dr. Phillis is a product of Chase McMullen's imagination and in no way are any of the responses fact, they are all fiction.
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http://PPflyersJersey Shore Cast S.T.D. Rumors with Dr. Phillis On this installment Dr. Phillis... more
I went to the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiere, bitches!
Bad blood spills over between cops in neighboring Delaware County towns, who are caught on camera in a cop-on-cop confrontation on March 18, 2011.
Video Shows confrontation between police officers in Darby and Colwyn boroughs.
The county District Attorney is looking into the case, after a Colwyn officer accused Darby’s police chief of assaulting him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YHExTBLOq0Bad blood spills over between cops in neighboring Delaware County towns, who are... more
Diageo, the world’s largest spirits, beer and wine company, is currently leading a campaign to get a 2003 proposition back into consideration. The proposal seeks to allow companies to smack a nutrition label on their alcohol products. The label could list items such as alcohol per serving, carbohydrates, and calories, serving size and even protein content on packaging and containers.
There is some confusion as to why alcoholic beverage companies are prohibited from displaying nutritional information on their products...
Read more about the madness here:
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/337Diageo, the world’s largest spirits, beer and wine company, is currently leading... more
For seven people in the United Kingdom their snow day transcended all of their wildest dreams. While drinking at the Lion Inn this past November, snowdrifts blanketed the roads, doors, and windows of the North Yorkshire bar and inn, trapping five staff members and two patrons for eight days. What ensued must have been the most enjoyable involuntary vacation ever taken...
Read on for more savory adventures:
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/295For seven people in the United Kingdom their snow day transcended all of their wildest... more
On the front of the can you’ll find the words “Very Rare Blend” concaved across the top, just above the company’s crest. On a can of a separate variety also sold are the words “Extra Special Blend”. It’s up in the air whether or not there is anything “Rare” or “Special” about this particular type of Whisky, except that it comes in a 12oz can.
That’s right; Panama based Scottish Spirits Ltd. is now selling two brands of blended Whisky in 12oz cans, which equates to about eight shots. With 8 shots of 80proof liquor in a can, you might not want to try shot gunning these at a frat party...
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/286On the front of the can you’ll find the words “Very Rare Blend”... more
No one likes to wait in line. It is especially terrible when the item being purchased after waiting in line is awful, overpriced beer from a stadium vendor. Fortunately, Montesano-based GrinOn Industries has created a product that may ease the pain of the process of such painful purchases with its Bottoms Up Dispensing System for beer which the company claims is the fastest beer dispensing system in the world. The following video, posted by the company on YouTube, shows four cups being filled simultaneously in only nine seconds...
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/268No one likes to wait in line. It is especially terrible when the item being purchased... more
Served in…. dead animals?
Scottish brewers BrewDog have for the past three years been urging the masses to break the conformity of what is generally accepted as good beer. Stating “Beer was never meant to be monotonous or mass produced, which is why we’re doing our damnedest to create the holy grail of craft beers.”
Read more and see more hilarity here:
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/200Served in…. dead animals? Scottish brewers BrewDog have for the past three... more
Halloween is a special kind of drinking holiday, and we are here to make it just a bit more intoxicating. Below we have gone through some popular drinking-related costumes and given them ratings based on a scale that we completely made up.
See the ridiculous costumes here:
http://drinkphilly.com/articles/read/193Halloween is a special kind of drinking holiday, and we are here to make it just a bit... more
Studies show that Beer is currently the third most consumed beverage on the planet, losing out to first and second place, water and tea. Third? We can do better than that, Earth. While it may not seem to be a big deal now, with the polar ice caps melting, there will be an unprecedented influx of water coming at a level that beer just cannot compete with.
How could beer possibly lose to something like tea? I did some research to find that Ireland, who not only consumes the third most per capita of tea, also consumes the second most per capita in beer! Where does America rank on this list of our favorite libation consumption?
http://drinkphilly.com/index.php/drinks/artprofile/160Studies show that Beer is currently the third most consumed beverage on the planet,... more
As if musicians needed another reason to drink, now they can write their beer purchases off as a business expense. Tuned Pale Ale, the brainspawn of Philadelphia design engineers Matt Braun and Christopher Mufalli, may only appear to be a six-pack of beer, but upon closer investigation one notices lines on the label indicating pitches in the key of C (white piano keys).
The general idea is to drink the beer to the level of the pitch you’re seeking, and since both music and beer is generally more fun in groups, you can have your friends drink to different pitches so you can generate some harmony.
http://drinkphilly.com/index.php/drinks/artprofile/155As if musicians needed another reason to drink, now they can write their beer... more
If you’re unfamiliar with Flugtag, you are missing out.
Red Bull’s Flugtag (German for Airshow) is an amazing craze that was first popularized in 1991. Due to popularity, it has since been run every year in over 35 cities around the world. The rules are simple: build an aircraft that meets Red Bull’s guidelines, launch yourself from a 30 foot deck, stay flying as long as you can, and eventually careen into the river below.
What could be better?
On September 4th, 2010, Thirty-Four teams got in line to launch their manned aircrafts over, and into the Delaware. Check out the video highlights of the event here:
http://drinkphilly.com/index.php/drinks/artprofile/144If you’re unfamiliar with Flugtag, you are missing out. Red Bull’s... more
From the inventors of cloned sheep and golf comes another absolutely brilliant breakthrough for mankind. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland have created a bio-fuel using the byproducts left over from the distillation of Scotch Whisky (Note that Scotch Whisky has no “e”). Apparently by using the “pot ale” and “draff” (words we assume are made up), some type of mystical spirit is made to power an ordinary car with no alterations to the engine.
http://drinkphilly.com/index.php/drinks/artprofile/135From the inventors of cloned sheep and golf comes another absolutely brilliant... more
According to our sources, Steven Slater was minding his own business, polishing his treasured broadsword and snacking on gunpowder, when a rogue bag came flying toward him from a disgruntled passenger. Sensing danger, he quickly thwarted the attack by stopping the bag with his face. The perpetrator, a middle aged woman Slater took to be the villain from a Marvel comic book movie, was then reverse suplexed by Slater through the floor of the airplane which automatically set off the emergency escape slide on the vessel.
http://drinkphilly.com/index.php/drinks/artprofile/132According to our sources, Steven Slater was minding his own business, polishing his... more
Oh PBR, how I love thee, let me count the ways:
1) Price: You are ridiculously cheap. I can buy thirty 12oz cans of you for about $15 in Pennsylvania. In Wisconsin I’m pretty sure I can get the same amount for one foodstamp.
2) Taste: You actually have an identifiable taste. You don’t taste like carbonated water; I can tell you are beer. Beer is good.
3) You are from Milwaukee: I am also from Milwaukee, but I am not a refreshing adult beverage. You are.
4) A/C for my Mouth: As much as I love hoppy IPA’s on hot days, they usually don’t go well with doing weekend chores because they have such a high ABV percentage, which then leads to unintentional naps and/or BIADD (Booze Induced Attention Deficit Disorder).
5) No Gimmicks: You don’t feel the need to implement any kind of cold-notification technology into your packaging. I know you’re cold because I have a sense of touch, and luckily, since your beer actually does taste like beer, you don’t need to be ice cold to avoid a gag reflex.
6) Patriotism: You are owned, grown, brewed, and packaged by Americans. Also your colors are red, white, and blue, which is code for AMERICA.
7) Funk: Either through your support of art festivals or some other hipster-generated underground marketing campaign thing, almost all of the events you sponsor tend to be a hip funky time that has cool music and interesting activities.
8) Variety: I can buy you in 12oz cans, 12oz bottles, 40oz bottles, 16oz cans, kegs, and sometimes even on tap at a few local watering holes.
9) Boats: Captain Pabst sold his shipping company to buy into his father-in-law’s brewery, after which he changed the name to his own and charted a course for Awesometown, USA.
10) Ribbons: Most people think the Blue Ribbon (or BR) comes from the award you may or may not have won way back before the internets and modern medicine, but the truth is that you guys used to literally tie a blue silk ribbon around each bottle of beer. If only breweries nowadays had that kind of style, we could really take a bite out of our unemployment problem.
http://drinkphilly.com/index.php/drinks/artprofile/130Oh PBR, how I love thee, let me count the ways: 1) Price: You are ridiculously... more