Gosnell 'truly believes in himself': attorney
PHILADELPHIA, May 15, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – He has been convicted of slaughtering viable newborns, allowing one of his patients to die, and showing callous disregard for the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who entered his filthy late-term abortion business. But not to worry: Kermit Gosnell still believes in himself.
Gosnell's defense attorney, Jack McMahon, told reporters assembled outside the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center that his client “truly believes in himself” and remains convinced that “he never killed a live baby."
In a somewhat grammatically challenged statement, McMahon said, “Dr. Gosnell, he believes that what he did was not commit homicide.”
Instead, McMahon implied Gosnell should have been released and given an opportunity to ply his trade again.
"Nobody gave him a second chance," McMahon said. "Dr. Gosnell is far from a monster, and this was not a house of horrors."
Police who raided his West Philadelphia facility discovered a blood-soaked operating table, unsanitized instruments that spread STDs among the poor women who came to his clinic, and urine-soaked recliners provided for post-abortive women to recover.
Gosnell kept the severed feet of many of the aborted children, items prosecutors alleged he treasured as “trophies.”
"I wanted to be an effective, positive force in the minority community," Gosnell told the Philadelphia Daily News in 2010.
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The abortion pioneer will serve three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted Gosnell on Monday of three counts of first-degree murder for slicing the spinal cords of newborn babies with scissors. Judge Jeffrey Minehart handed down the final life sentence late this morning.
McMahon argued unpersuasively that the newborns had died before his client stabbed them in the neck with scissors. The doctor maintained their hearts had stopped after he injected the babies with Digoxin; however, inspectors did not find a single dose of Digoxin on the premises when they raided the clinic in 2010.
Two patients died in his clinic: 22-year-old Semika Shaw in 2002, and 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar in 2009.
The jury found Gosnell guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Mongar's death.
Gosnell will face a federal trial in September for the allegations that prompted the February 2010 raid on his Women's Medical Society offices: operating a “pill mill” that illegally dispensed narcotics.