An emotionally exhausted jury in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell is going home for the weekend.
After two weeks of deliberations — with much of it spent getting an understanding of how to apply the law from the judge in the case and listening again to testimony of Gosnell staffers about how he and his staff killed babies in abortions and infanticides — the jury has no verdict.
Two local reporters provided more details.
#Gosnell jury dismissed for weekend. No verdict. Deliberations resume Monday at 8:30 a.m.
— jdmullane (@jdmullane) May 10, 2013
#Gosnell jury tells Judge Minehart it is “drained” after four and a half hours of deliberation. Source says judge will dismiss at 1:30p ET. — jdmullane (@jdmullane) May 10, 2013
#gosnell Jury sent out note saying they were spent & were given permission to leave early #verdictwatch #netde — Sean G. O’Sullivan (@SeanGOSullivan) May 10, 2013
Bryan Kemper of the pro-life group Stand True has been closely monitoring the case and put it in perspective for pro-life people getting impatient about a verdict. “Everyone needs to understand the jury must have 227 verdicts, not just one in the Gosnell murder trial. This can take a long time. Keep praying for the Jury and also for the soul of Gosnell,” he said. Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for killing babies following delivery in an abortion process that involved “snipping” their necks and spinal cords. He also faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death of a woman, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, from a botched legal abortion. Gosnell, who has been in jail since his January 2011 arrest. CLICK LIKE IF YOU’RE PRO-LIFE!
The abortionist faces 258 counts total and other charges against him include one count of infanticide and one of racketeering, 24 counts of performing third-trimester abortions and 227 counts of failing to follow the 24-hour waiting period law before an abortion so women can consider its risks and alternatives.
Recently, LifeNews published an article to help answer the question of why the jury in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell is taking so long.