In a surprising development in one of the most sensational murder trials in recent memory, several charges — including three murder counts — have been dropped against Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The proprietor of Philadelphia's Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic, dubbed by the media as the “House of Horrors,” had been charged in the deaths of seven babies born alive at the abortion facility and then murdered, along with the death of a 41-year-old abortion patient. But on April 23, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer, Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart tossed out three of the murder charges in the deaths of the infants, along with five counts of corpse abuse in relation to Gosnell's habit of storing the feet of killed infants in plastic containers at the clinic. Minehart also dismissed one count of infanticide, which is the intentional killing of an infant.
The 72-year-old abortionist, who allegedly made millions of dollars over the past 30 years performing abortions — including illegal late-term procedures on babies at least seven months in development — in a clinic investigators described as unbelievably filthy, still faces the death penalty in the deaths of four babies, whom prosecutors argued were born alive and then killed when Gosnell plunged a surgical scissors into the backs of their necks and severed their spinal cords. A grand jury indictment speculated that hundreds of viable babies may have been murdered in a similar manner by Gosnell or one of his employees, several of whom have pled guilty to murder.
Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon had asked the judge to drop all the murder charges, arguing that there was no proof that any babies had been born alive at the clinic. Minehart gave no reason for dropping some of the murder charges and not others. The Associated Press reported that McMahon “challenged testimony from former staffers that they routinely saw aborted babies move, breathe, or cry, even after they'd been given a drug designed to stop their heart in utero. McMahon argued that any movement or breath seen by the staffers amounted to involuntary spasms.”
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