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Gosnell Jury: “We’re Hung on 2 Counts”

I’m hoping the 2 counts they’re hung on are like maybe

“Jay walking” :D

Guilty on the other 248 charges 

After 10 days deliberating the case, jurors say they can’t reach a consensus on two 

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 11:40 AM EDT
Defense attorney Jack McMahon delivers his closing argument in the capital murder trial of former abortion doctor Jack McMahon.

Defense attorney Jack McMahon delivers his closing argument in the capital murder trial of former abortion doctor Jack McMahon.

The jury deliberating in the capital murder trial against former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell says they’re hung on two counts.

The jury of seven women and five men are weighing more than 250 charges against the Gosnell with the most serious being four counts of first-degree murder.

It is currently unclear on which charges the jury is deadlocked, but the group told the court it has reached unanimous decisions on all other counts.

Around 10:00 a.m. Monday, the jury passed a note to Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart explaining their situation. The admission came on the 10th day of deliberations.

By law, according to attorneys for both sides, Judge Minehart is required to re-instruct the jury to deliberate on the two charges a second time and attempt to reach a verdict.

Around 10:00 a.m. Monday, the jury passed a note to Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart explaining their situation. The admission came on the 10th day of deliberations.

By law, according to attorneys for both sides, Judge Minehart is required to re-instruct the jury to deliberate on the two charges a second time and attempt to reach a verdict.

udge Minehart brought the jury into the courtroom on the third-floor of the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center around 11:15 a.m.

Over a five minute meeting, he reminded the jury they must be unanimous on all counts and asked the group to return to the jury room and discuss the charges further. The group was grim-faced as they were led from the court.

Judge Minehart called the jury sincere, considerate and serious. The judge also said he wanted to make sure the group was not confused over the charges.

The jury now has three options: return to court with a question, request to re-examine evidence to try and break the deadlock or re-iterate they’ll be unable to reach a consensus on the charges.

Gosnell faces four counts of first-degree murder for his alleged role in the deaths of four babies. Prosecutors allege Gosnell delivered the babies alive during abortion procedures and then snipped their spinal cords with scissors to end their life.

The 72-year-old is also charged with third-degree murder in the of former patient Karnamaya Mongar.

Mongar, 41, died after she was given a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia during a 2009 abortion procedure at Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.

The former doctor’s defense attorney has argued Gosnell would inject a drug into his patients’ uterus to stop the fetuses’ hearts before they were delivered.

The majority of the 268 charges levied against Gosnell are related to alleged Pennsylvania abortion-law violations. Prosecutors say Gosnell regularly performed late-term abortions on babies older than 24 weeks — the cutoff age in Pennsylvania.

Jurors are also deliberating a handful of crimes against Gosnell’s co-defendant Eileen O’Neill. Prosecutors say O’Neill deceived patients and insurance companies by pretending to be a licensed physician and billing for those services.

Her defense has said while O’Neill was not licensed, she did have a medical degree and would always have Gosnell sign off on her recommendations and prescriptions. O’Neill’s attorney also said there is no evidence of the 56-year-old charging for her services.

The trial, which began on March 18, stretched on for nearly two months before being handed off to the jury.

The alleged crimes came to light on February 10, 2010 after investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency raided the inner-city clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue following a tip that a prescription pill mill was operating inside.

Agents were met, not with an illegal narcotics drug operation, but rather, unsanitary conditions. Investigators testified they found blood-stained rooms, filthy and old equipment and untrained staff. Aborted fetuses were stored in a basement freezer in plastic food containers and bags next to employee lunches. Severed feet from aborted babies were found preserved in jars around the clinic.

The conditions found inside the clinic led Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to call the clinic a “house of horrors” in a 2011 grand jury report.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Gosnell faces the death penalty.




Killing Us Softly – Part 2



by Kelleigh Nelson

“A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”  Audubon magazine, interview with Ted Turner, 1996

“”This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.”” Jacques Cousteau in an interview with the UNESCO Courier for November 1991

In 1982, I lived in Ellettsville, Indiana, a suburb of Bloomington. At that time I was working as a receptionist for a dermatologist. Across the street from the doctor’s office was the hospital where “Baby Doe” was born with Down’s syndrome. The baby also had an obstruction in the esophagus that prevented normal eating. The tracheo-esophageal fistula was easily treated, but both the parents and the physician agreed to allow the baby to die of starvation. The courts granted the parents and physician the “blessing” of doing this to the infant. Public outrage ensued. Health and Human Services under President Reagan drew up guidelines against federally-funded health care facilities allowing handicapped infants to die. Other organizations fought this ruling and the courts struck it down as the government being too invasive into the medical profession. Oh, but they should see the invasiveness today with ObamaCare! Continue reading

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Good Thing Mister Paterno Lawyered Up

In case you missed Fox News Sunday today, something very interesting occurred during an interview with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett regarding the Penn State firings.  

In addition to being the former Attorney General of the state, Corbett is also on the board of the University.  Chris Wallace asked pointed questions on why the iconic coach,  Joe Paterno, after 50 years service to the institution, was not allowed to finish the season.  Corbett was very careful and formal in his answer, referring to the coach as “Mr. Paterno   It’s on the video at around the 3:00 mark.   



Woman Sells Baby to Male “Friend” for $15,000

A Pennsylvania woman sold her month-old baby to a male “friend” for a price of $15,000.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports, Oct. 5, 2011, that Bridget Wismer, 33, who’s single, doesn’t have a job and lives with her mother, gave birth to a son, Christian, a month ago.

Bridget Wismer and the baby she put up for sale

Police were tipped off by members of Wismer’s family last month that she was trying to sell her baby. The Division of Family Services had begun its own investigation after receiving a similar report following the child’s birth in August.

Police confirmed last week that Wismer and John Gavaghan, 54, of Philadelphia agreed on the sale and purchase of the baby after Gavaghan was seen on video surveillance cameras at the Delaware Park casino in Stanton completing paperwork related to the deal.

The "helpful friend", 54-year-old John Gavaghan

Cpl. John Welgarz with the New Castle County Police told CBS Philly: “You can’t sell a baby in Delaware. There are different ways you go about it, if you don’t want your child.”

Wismer insists no criminality was involved. “I didn’t do anything wrong. There was nothing that was hidden, everything was out in the open.”

Wismer told Fox 29 her mother refused to take care of the new baby, so she decided to seek help from Gavaghan, who has no kids of his own.

Authorities said money was exchanged and that they found the baby with Gavaghan when they executed a search warrant at his home.

Wismer and Gavaghan were released on bond after being charged with dealing in children and conspiracy. The baby was placed in foster care.

So Bridget Wismer sold her baby to a male “friend” who is 54 years old, single, and has no child of his own — because she thinks he wants to “help” her? How does she know Gavaghan isn’t a pedophile or a Satanist?

Then to add insult on injury, she named her baby “Christian.”



50 Bucks, is 50 Bucks.

Bill and his wife Blanche went to the state fair every year,

And every year Bill would say,

” Blanche, I’d like to ride in that helicopter

Blanche always replied,

” I know, Bill, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks,
and fifty bucks is fifty bucks! ”

One year Bill and Blanche went to the fair, and Bill said,
” Blanche, I’m 75 years old.

If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance ”

To this, Blanche replied,

” Bill that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks ”

The pilot overheard the couple and said,

” Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny!

But if you say one word it’s fifty dollars. ”

Bill and Blanche agreed and up they went.

The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.

He did his daredevil tricks,

but still not a word…

When they landed, the pilot turned to Bill and said,

” By golly , I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.

I’m impressed! ”

Bill replied,

” Well, to tell you the truth

I almost said something when Blanche fell out,

but you know,

Fifty bucks is fifty bucks! “

~Steve~                           H/T  Joseph

Free Cell Phone Is a Civil Right!

What amazing men the Founding Fathers were. They were so prescient that they included the right to a free cellphone in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights!

Abby W. Schachter reports for the New York Post, August 1, 2011, that as a result of a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund, Pennsylvanians on public assistance now have a new ‘civil right’ — free cell phones.

Through Assurance Wireless and SafeLink from Tracfone Wireless these folks get a handset and 250 minutes a month for free — all paid for by cellphone users like you and me.

How this scheme works is as follows:

The telecommunications companies like Verizon and AT&T are funding the Universal Service Fund to the tune of $4 billion a year because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says they have to. In order to recoup their money, the companies turn around and hike their fees to paying customers.

Those of use paying for the free service for “the poor” should just suck it up.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

The FCC, whose chairman Julius Genachowski is Obama’s ol’ law school classmate, says: Between 14 million and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband. “The goal of reform is to provide everyone with affordable voice and broadband.”

For his part, Gary Carter, manager of National Partnerships for Assurance Wireless, tells us the Universal Service Fund “program is about peace of mind.” Free cell service means “one less bill that someone has to pay, so they can pay their rent or for day care…it is a right to have peace of mind,” Cater explained.

Assurance is a Lifeline Service Program powered by Virgin Mobile USA; A Division of Sprint. Assurance Wireless is free to eligible customers, offering a free phone and 250 minutes of nationwide wireless voice service each month.

The telecommunications companies aren’t happy about this and are trying to renegotiate the deal with the FCC.

I use one of those cheapo pre-paid cell phones with no doodads. How stupid of me. I can have one free! You can, too! Just send an e-mail to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski by going HERE.

You can also file a consumer’s complaint with the FCC here.

H/t beloved fellow Tina.