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Gosnell Jurors Speak Out

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The Kermit Gosnell case is now officially over, so the gag order that was in effect from the start has been lifted.  That means we heard much more from Gosnell's lawyer Wednesday. And for the first time since they delivered their verdict on Monday, we heard from the jurors themselves.

What happened at Dr. Gosnell's abortion clinic in West Philadelphia is no longer in legal dispute.  Gosnell murdered three babies born alive during abortion procedures.  Juror Sarah Glinski explained how she came to that conclusion. "They were moving, they would get snipped," Glinski said.  "They were not moving, they would still get their necks snipped," she added.  Jury Foreman David Misko cited Gosnell's premeditation.  "It was just business as usual for him," Misko said.  "He snipped the necks no matter what happened," Misko insisted.  Juror Joseph Carroll agreed.  "It was just like a machine," Carroll said.  "He came in, gave them a service, pay me, and the women were gone."

To prove its case against Dr. Gosnell, prosecutors called dozens of witnesses and presented bloody photos of dead babies.  "It was definitely hard to see the photos and hear the testimony match up to it," Misko explained.  "There were cases where the photos of the babies were blown up, and they were right in front of your face and you had to stare.  I mean it was definitely hard seeing that."  Glinski said she told herself, "This did happen to those kids.  There were children that died at the hands of this man," Glinski continued.  "That was what was hard for me to admit that that kind of evil exists in this world."

But Gosnell's lawyer Jack McMahon insisted, "Dr. Gosnell truly believes in himself and the things that he's done."  Long before his trial began, Gosnell told Fox 29 he expected to be exonerated.  Even after three guilty verdicts on first-degree murder, his lawyer told reporters the 72-year-old doctor still has no remorse.  "No," McMahon told reporters.  "He believes that what he did was not homicide.  He believes that he never killed a live baby."

But Gosnell agreed not to appeal the verdict.  In exchange, he will not face the death penalty.  "I think a real motivating factor was his family, to bring his family in and have to testify about his background and his nature, to potentially save his life, was something that he did not feel as a man was something he wished to do," McMahon said.

The three jurors who spoke to reporters all said they were relieved they didn't have to decide whether Gosnell would live or die.  But one suggested they would not have given him the death penalty.  "I think we were all, that Dr. Gosnell was an older gentleman, that he would spend the rest of his life in prison anyhow," Carroll said.  He added, "Things were done that really shouldn't have been done, and justice has been served."

Perhaps surprisingly, the jurors said the issue of abortion and whether it should be legal did not come up during deliberations.  They said they wouldn't allow it.  They insisted their job was to follow the letter of the law, nothing more, and they're proud of the job they did.
   

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