May 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - After nine days of deliberating the nearly 300 charges faced by late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the jury in the case has said it is too "drained" to continue deliberations today, and has been given permission by the judge to go home early, according to journalists present in the courtroom.
Deliberations will resume on Monday.
According to one report, some jury members appeared downcast yesterday after being told by the judge that they needed to return separate verdicts on each of the 227 counts of violating Pennsylvania's 24-hour waiting period.
Gosnell also faces four charges of first degree murder for allegedly snipping the spinal cords of babies born alive after failed abortions, and one charge of third degree murder in the overdose death of one of his abortion clients. He also faces various other charges for violating Pennsylvania's abortion laws.
The Gosnell trial began on March 18, and since then jury members have spent hours every day listening to often extremely gruesome testimony about conditions inside Gosnell's infamous "House of Horros" in Philadelphia.
Testimony has featured former employees of Gosnell describing how “hundreds” of babies, many of them past viability, were born alive in the clinic only to have their spinal cords snipped by Gosnell or one of his assistants. Employees described babies moving, breathing, screaming, and even "swimming" in a toilet after being born alive.
Yesterday, the jury spent several hours listening to a re-reading of testimony from former Gosnell worker Adrienne Moton.
Moton, who herself pleaded guilty to third degree murder charges in October last year, reportedly sobbed her way through her testimony in court last month.
She recounted how she took a photograph with her cellphone of one baby she admitted killing, called “Baby A.” That photo was displayed on a large screen in the courtroom. (The photo can be seen on page 102 of the grand jury report.)
Moton said that the baby, which she estimated to be 30 weeks gestation, was pink, and that she thought that he could have survived.
Moton also recounted how in another case she slit the neck of a baby, known as Baby D, that was born alive in a toilet. That baby was estimated at 24.5 weeks gestation, the threshold for viability.
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#Gosnell jury tells Judge Minehart it is "drained" after four and a half hours of deliberation. Source says judge will dismiss at 1:30p ET.— jdmullane (@jdmullane) May 10, 2013