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Abortionist and Accused Murderer Kermit Gosnell Faces Arraignment Wednesday

by | Mar 2, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

At the arraignment tomorrow of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and nine of his employees, prosecutors will formally deliver the evidence on which they have based a myriad of charges, including seven counts of first-degree murder (for babies born alive whom Gosnell allegedly killed by cutting their spinal cords with surgical scissors) and one count of third-degree murder (for the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamayaa Mongar, who prosecutors say died when unlicensed clinic personnel overdosed her with anesthetics).

Meanwhile the lawyer for Mrs. Mongar’s family, who is pursuing a civil case against Gosnell, has convinced Common Pleas Court Judge Paul P. Panepinto to freeze Gosnell’s assets “in anticipation of . . . avoiding his responsibilities” to pay Mongar’s family Gosnell loses the civil case,” according to Marie McCullough of the Philadelphia Inquirer. There will be a hearing March 9 at which time Gosnell’s representatives are to provide an accounting of those assets.

Although Gosnell originally requested a public defender, (saying he was “close to destitute”), he subsequently hired a high-profile Philadelphia attorney when Common Pleas Court Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes said no. The Grand Jury’s ten month investigation concluded Gosnell made millions.

Gosnell “contested a list of 17 properties that Philadelphia prosecutors say he and his wife, Pearl, own in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Texas,” according to McCullough. When Philadelphia investigators raided Gosnell’s West Philadelphia home, they also found $250,000 in cash.

“The injunction prevents Gosnell from, say, transferring the deed to his $984,000 home in Brigantine, N.J., to a relative for a dollar, or selling off his clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue, for less than market value,” writes David Gambacorta of the Philadelphia Daily News.

In addition to the eight counts of murder Gosnell is charged of, “Gosnell’s wife and all the employees are also charged variously with counts of conspiracy, racketeering, record-tampering, obstruction of justice, and perjury,” according to the Inquirer’s Joseph Slobodzian. “Four employees are charged with murder–two involving Mongar’s death and two involving the newborns.”

When police raided his clinic—looking for evidence that Gosnell was illegally selling thousands of oxycontin prescription—they  found abhorrent conditions, which included jars packed with severed baby feet lining the shelves; bags and bottles of aborted fetuses scattered throughout the office; bloodstained furniture and floors; and unlicensed employees who regularly injected sedatives into women having illegal, late-term abortions, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

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