It may seem all like preliminaries to next year’s main event, but it’s important. Slowly but surely the associates of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who goes on trial in March 4, 2013, have been convicted of various crimes or are coming close to being put on trial.
A little over two years after a police raid in February 2010 and a subsequent scathing Grand Jury report, Gosnell goes on trial on eight counts of murder–first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies aborted alive and then killed when their spines were severed; and with third-degree murder in the case of the 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died from a drug overdose reportedly prescribed by Gosnell.
On Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart rejected a motion by the attorney of Eileen O’Neill to throw out statements O’Neill “made to police in March 2010, arguing that she was never advised of her rights and was led to believe she was a witness, not a target in the investigation,” according to Allison Steele of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
O’Neill, charged with theft by deception and conspiracy, quickly vanished after authorities raided Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society but was tracked down the following month at her home where she was interviewed by agents and detectives about Gosnell, according to an agent who testified yesterday.
“Though she has no medical license, O’Neill allegedly worked for Gosnell as a doctor,” Steele reported.
All together ten people (including Gosnell’s wife) have been indicted. “Nine others were indicted in the case last year, including Gosnell’s wife,” Steele reported. “Since then, all but Kermit Gosnell, O’Neill, and another clinic worker, Madeline Joe, have pleaded guilty.”
A 281-page Grand Jury report stated that hundreds of viable babies had been aborted alive and killed when Gosnell snipped their spinal cords. At least two women had died (although there were only records for one) and when law enforcement officials accidentally discovered Gosnell’s “House of Horrors,” they found blood-stained furniture and the remains of babies strewn throughout the abortion clinic. According to the Grand Jury report, Gosnell made millions.
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Ironically, the reason abortionist Gosnell’s abortion clinic in West Philadelphia was raided had nothing to do with abortion. Federal agents suspected Gosnell was running a “pill mill,” illegally dispensing pills, particularly OxyContin prescriptions. He will go on trial for these alleged offenses before his murder trial.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in his Natioanl Right to Life News Today.