PHILADELPHIA, January 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – America's single most notorious late-term abortionist, in jail for life for murder, has requested that his sentence for illegal drug pushing be thrown out.
Kermit Gosnell claimed in a December 23 pro se motion that his confession was coerced by the government and is asking a judge to vacate his sentence.
Convicted in May 2013 of killing babies born alive in his abortion mill, Gosnell is serving numerous consecutive life sentences for three counts of first-degree murder.
The pill mill in Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion facility triggered a raid by law enforcement, revealing the squalid conditions of his operation along with murders and infanticides that gripped the nation for months.
Vacating his 30-year drug sentence would not change his life sentences for murder.
Gosnell's 34-page motion also claims his sentence was tainted by coverage of his murder trial, according to a report from Courthouse News Service.
“The character and credibility of defendant was so imbued that sentencing and due process, in both federal and state proceedings, were adversely and prejudicially affected by the media and public perception,” it states. “Factual evidence was outweighed by monsterous [sic] allegations.”
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The investigating Grand Jury in Gosnell's murder case labeled his business a “House of Horrors,” resulting from smeared blood on the facility floor and equipment, unsterilized medical tools, dismembered bodies of babies kept in jars, unlicensed staff dispensing anesthesia, illegal late-term abortions, and the recurring practice of “snipping” live babies' spinal cords with scissors to guarantee their death.
Gosnell rationalized both his illegally prescribing prescription drugs and his violation of Pennsylvania's abortion laws with the notion that he was a “soldier in the war on poverty.”
“These are hard economic times. These people need these pills,” Gosnell said at the time, also claiming later that his abortion business “probably lowered the crime rate.”
He pleaded guilty to the pill-pushing in July of 2013, after admitting to writing as many as 2,300 prescriptions a month, in one instance 200 in a single night.
Gosnell was paid $20 for each prescription and gave his employees an additional $10 to $20 for a tip, selling OxyContin, generic Xanax, and 19,000 ounces of codeine cough syrup between 2008 and January 2010.
Last September, Gosnell was ordered to pay $4 million to the family of a woman who died of a drug overdose at his hands while a client at his abortion facility. The abortionist had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 killing of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.