Defense rests in Gosnell murder trial, calls no witnesses; Gosnell won’t take the stand
PHILADELPHIA, April 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Kermit Gosnell's defense has rested without calling a single witness, according to an eyewitness inside the courtroom.
Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon, “tersely announced, 'Defense rests' as [the] jury was seated after lunch,” tweeted J.D. Mullane of the Bucks County Courier Times, the local newspaper that has covered the trial since its beginning six weeks ago.
Gosnell's co-defendant, Eileen O'Neill, ended her defense after calling her character witnesses.
Mullane added that Judge Jeffrey Minehart had dismissed the jury until Monday.
Gosnell could face the death penalty if the jury finds him guilty of snipping the spinal columns of the four unborn babies who are the focus of this trial. He faces four murder charges and numerous other offenses, including infanticide and a separate third degree murder charge in the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.
Yesterday, Judge Minehart dismissed nine charges against the Philadelphia abortionist, including three murder charges.
This morning, he reinstated one murder charge and dismissed a different one. He had tossed the charge relating to “Baby C,” a newborn whom an eyewitness testified was alive 20 minutes before being “aborted.” Instead, Minehart meant to throw out the case of “Baby F.”
He attributed the change to a “clerical error.”
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According to Mullane, national outlets present at today's hearings included the Associated Press, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, and The Blaze.
Two Philadelphia newspapers, the Inquirer and the Daily News, were present, as well as three local television stations.
The lack of media coverage became a national scandal after major national news outlets virtually ignored the trial for its first month. After pro-life activists organized a "Tweetfest" that saw social media deluged with posts about Gosnell, some mainstream media outlets took notice of the case.