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Kermit Gosnell finally ready to plead guilty in drug case

by | Jul 3, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

DavidaClarkeNo one who has ever watched abortionist Kermit Gosnell—let alone read about him or closely followed his murder trial—was the least bit surprised that a man who is already serving three consecutive life sentences would reject a guilty-plea agreement in a separate case.

At first glance (or any glance) what would be the point of balking at resolving a case charging him with selling prescriptions for dangerous narcotics when the 72-year-old Gosnell already has no chance of ever leaving prison? But the ever-erratic Gosnell had twice come into court and backed out.

However it turns out that Gosnell had signed an agreement over the weekend, according to his attorney, Jack McMahon, made it official Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe, and will complete the process when he returns to court July 9.

The specifics of the agreement are nothing short of fascinating. According to Joseph A. Slobodzian, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer

“In this latest version of the plea agreement, McMahon said, prosecutors agreed to drop a count charging Gosnell with running a continuing criminal enterprise – which carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison – as well as counts charging him with selling drugs in a school zone.

“McMahon said that Gosnell had a personal objection to the school-zone count and that the lack of a criminal-enterprise charge and its mandatory minimum will leave the sentence up to the judge.”

The “sentence” makes no difference because the life sentences are consecutive.

Prosecutors often referred to Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society as a “pill mill” by day and an “abortion mill” by night.

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The discovery that Gosnell was running a “Baby Charnel House” was an almost accidental byproduct of a probe into a huge business in illegal drugs. When they raided his abortion clinic they were looking for evidence that Gosnell was selling what turned out to be massive amounts of pills containing “the narcotic painkiller oxycodone and the generic version of the antianxiety drug Xanax,” according to Slobodzian.

“Those two drugs and scripts for more than 19,000 ounces of codeine-based cough syrup – all coveted by addicts – were allegedly sold for cash out of the clinic from 2008 through January 2010 under cover of what Gosnell called his ‘pain-management practice.’”

When federal and state authorities raided his abortion clinic on February 18, 2010, they were introduced to the list of horribles we have been writing about for two and half years: hundreds, if not thousands, of viable babies aborted alive and then murdered; two women who died at Gosnell’s abortion clinic; over-medicated women wandering around “zombies”; fetal remains stored in refrigerators; live babies swimming in toilets, and flea-infested cats laying on the same spot women about to abort would rest.

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