There has been movement in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial in Pennsylvania. Nine counts have been dropped including three murder counts. From the article:
After hearing impassioned arguments from attorneys on both sides of the Kermit Gosnell capital-murder trial Tuesday, a Philadelphia judge threw out three of the seven first-degree murder charges Gosnell faced for allegedly killing fetuses born alive at his abortion clinic.
Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart also tossed out all five counts against Gosnell accusing him of corpse abuse for storing the feet of aborted fetuses in plastic containers in his now closed Women’s Medical Society clinic.
Also dismissed by Minehart was one count of infanticide – the intentional killing of an infant. All other counts against Gosnell, 72, will be decided by the jury, the judge ruled.
In addition to counts of first-degree murder for killing four babies allegedly born alive, those charges include the third-degree murder of a patient who died of a drug overdose following a botched 2009 abortion and multiple counts of preforming illegal, late-term abortions.
Minehart also dismissed six of the nine counts of theft by deception against Gosnell co-defendant Eileen O’Neill, whom prosecutors contend worked at the clinic as a doctor despite that having a medical license.
Minehart made his rulings following motion hearings that took place before the start of the defense attorneys starting their cases Tuesday afternoon.
Obviously much more to come. It is a little shocking that the corpse abuse charges were dropped when testimony seems to suggest he stored baby feet in jars as some sort of souvenir.
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