Abortion Doctor Gosnell and Staffers will be Tried Together
The story of West Philly abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and his house of horrors is far from over. Judge Benjamin Lerner has ruled that the doctor and the co-defendants in the criminal trial, which mostly include his staffers, will be tried together — even if those staffers are not charged with performing illegal abortions. The judge says witnesses shouldn’t have to testify twice in this highly emotional case.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Co-defendants of a Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with murder must stand trial with him, even if they are not charged with performing illegal abortions.
Judge Benjamin Lerner agrees with defense lawyers that the testimony will be highly emotional when Dr. Kermit Gosnell and nine clinic workers go on trial.
But he says the daughter of a patient who died and other witnesses should not have to testify twice.
Lerner on Friday denied motions from co-defendants Eileen O’Neill and Elizabeth Hampton to be tried separately.
The 70-year-old Gosnell was not in court. He’s being held without bail in the death of an immigrant woman who died after a botched 2009 abortion and seven late-term babies who prosecutors say were born alive and were killed.
Previously, a 281-page grand jury report on Gosnell’s alleged crimes was published January 19, which found perhaps hundreds of children to have been killed inside his Lancaster Avenue clinic. During a DEA raid, many fetal corpses were found kept in various containers inside the building, as well. PW released a cover story on this not long after the grand jury report was released.
Gosnell’s case has been used as fodder by anti-abortion conservatives to introduce sharp and, according to some, more intrusive abortion regulations in Pennsylvania, which were protested against in Harrisburg this week.