Now that the jury has found Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and dozens of other charges, the trial's sentencing phase begins a week from tomorrow. Gosnell will face the death penalty.
But should the Butcher of Philly be executed? My feeling is no. I think we've all seen enough death here and don't see how ending Gosnell's life will bring comfort to anyone. But even if you disagree, consider this story from last week:
According to [Philadelphia reporter] J.D. Mullane, a source told him that when Sheriff's deputies called Gosnell by his first name - Kermit - the abortionist demanded in response, "You will call me Doctor Gosnell."
To which the deputies shot back: "You're just an inmate now, Kermit."
Gosnell spent most of the trial smirking. I don't want to plumb the depths of his psychology, but he seems to still regard himself as a medical professional, above all this moral wrangling over abortion. Fine. Debase and embarrass the good doctor by keeping him in a prison cell for the rest of his life. Let him wake up every day and remember that the grisly abortions, to which he dedicated his "professional life," were emphatically rejected by the law and landed him behind bars. This is one of those cases where death just seems like too easy a way out.
Besides, who knows? Even the most sick and twisted among us sometimes repent. Not that I'm counting on that.