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April 19, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CITY PROSECUTORS rested their case against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell on Thursday after calling to the witness stand a former employee who said she saw the doctor and his employees kill babies that were born alive. Kareema Cross, 28, said she was so appalled by Gosnell's ghoulish practices and the rundown condition of his West Philadelphia clinic that she began taking pictures of the facility and eventually reported him to the federal authorities. The former medical assistant spoke of patients being overmedicated by untrained personnel, of dirty instruments being used during abortion procedures, of how routine, illegal late-term abortions were performed and of moving and breathing babies being delivered and having their necks cut by Gosnell and other clinic employees.
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March 1, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With just three days before jury selection begins in the murder trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the 72-year-old doctor was brought to court Thursday to meet with his lawyer, wife and two children to weigh an apparent plea offer by prosecutors. Gosnell never appeared in court at the city's Criminal Justice Center. Instead, he was ensconced in a prisoner interview booth attached to the courtroom. There he spent about two hours as defense attorney Jack McMahon shuttled between the booth and Assistant District Attorneys Edward Cameron and Joanne Pescatore in a nearby waiting room.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  P   HELIM McAleer , the filmmaker behind "FrackNation," the conservative response to the Academy Award-nominated "Gasland," wants to make a TV movie about Kermit Gosnell , the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder last year. McAleer and his producing partners have taken to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo ( igg.me/at/gosnellmovie ) to raise money for the movie. "Hollywood is not interested in funding this kind of film," McAleer said.
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August 19, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
KERMIT GOSNELL, the West Philly abortion doctor accused of running a human slaughterhouse, is for sale. Actually, the domain name - www.kermitgosnell.com - is for sale for "only $959" on Nowyo.com, a site that sells "premium domains. " Gosnell was charged in January, along with nine of his staffers, with killing seven babies and a woman at his hellish clinic, the Women's Medical Society. Allegations include that Gosnell delivered babies alive during late-term abortions, then cut their spinal cords with scissors.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
AN UNLICENSED staffer at the former West Philadelphia clinic of disgraced abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced yesterday to house arrest on charges of conspiracy and participation in a corrupt organization. Eileen O'Neill was tried alongside Gosnell, who was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this year. She performed work as a doctor at the Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia, where Gosnell performed illegal late-term abortions and ran a pill mill that put thousands of doses of prescription painkillers on the street.
NEWS
October 1, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Several former employees of a notorious West Philadelphia abortion clinic listened nervously, fidgeting and sometimes weeping, as defense lawyers Friday tried to persuade Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner to grant two of the defendants separate trials. Attorneys for health-care worker Eileen O'Neill and office administrator Elizabeth Hampton argued that their clients had not been involved in what they called the clinic's corrupt business or participated in illegal abortions.
NEWS
March 2, 2011 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
He is in prison without bail, his wife held in lieu of $1 million bail, their 13-year-old daughter cared for by neighbors, and their assets frozen. Now, accused abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell could face the death penalty. Philadelphia prosecutors confirmed Tuesday they would file the legal notice needed to seek execution by lethal injection if a jury finds Gosnell, 70, guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of seven infants born alive and viable but allegedly killed by him. Filing the court notice does not lock the District Attorney's Office into pursuing death in Gosnell's case, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's one of the macabre mysteries in the case of Kermit Gosnell: Why did the West Philadelphia abortion doctor keep the severed feet of fetuses preserved in specimen jars? In testimony Tuesday, Adrienne Moton, a former worker at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society, told a Philadelphia jury that Gosnell once explained that he did so in case patients requested them for future identification or DNA samples. But an expert on fetal development, testifying Wednesday at Gosnell's abortion-murder trial, said that was news to him. "Do you think there is any medical reason to save the foot of a baby?"
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Two more jurors were picked Thursday for the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, bringing to 10 the total selected since Monday. One male juror selected Wednesday had to withdraw for financial reasons but the lawyers and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart then picked two more, a man and woman. Minehart said jury selection would resume Monday and that he hoped to begin testimony Wednesday. - Joseph A. Slobodzian
NEWS
December 30, 2011 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DiFILIPPO, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
ON THE DOOR into the Uceta Mini Market in North Philadelphia, a sign warns shoppers, "No Weapons Allowed. " Inside, the message on a sign sandwiched between cigarette ads is even more blunt: "Stop. Shooting. People. " The market sits at Stillman and Somerset streets, just steps from the scenes of two recent gun slayings that remain unsolved. But in the store, where you can buy everything from milk to motor oil, the signs are an ignored, endured part of everyday existence - just like the homicides themselves.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  P   HELIM McAleer , the filmmaker behind "FrackNation," the conservative response to the Academy Award-nominated "Gasland," wants to make a TV movie about Kermit Gosnell , the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder last year. McAleer and his producing partners have taken to the crowdfunding site Indiegogo ( igg.me/at/gosnellmovie ) to raise money for the movie. "Hollywood is not interested in funding this kind of film," McAleer said.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Sherry West was out of work and on disability after contracting hepatitis C when Kermit Gosnell offered her a job as a medical assistant at his West Philadelphia abortion clinic. It was "very hard time in my life," West recalled. On Thursday, life got harder after West was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for her role in the 2009 overdose death of an abortion patient. West, 54, sat sobbing, head down on the defense table, after Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner imposed the sentence.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Middle-aged, a graduate of a Caribbean medical school just starting to take his licensing exams, looking for work in the job market's offseason - it wasn't surprising that Steven Massof had trouble finding a residency program. So Massof leaped at the chance to work at Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia: "I wanted to get experience. I wanted to counsel women and their partners about health issues. " What no one - least of all Massof - could explain to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner was why he stayed five years, working under the table for $300 a week, performing illegal late-term abortions and killing infants born alive.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
YOU CAN say plenty of bad things about disgraced West Philly physician Kermit Gosnell, but at least the man has never been found guilty of cats. That bizarre turn of phrase was among numerous head-scratching moments that unfolded yesterday when Gosnell was handed a 30-year prison sentence in federal court on charges that he ran a "pill mill" out of his former practice, the Women's Medical Society. Gosnell, 72, is already serving three consecutive life sentences for murdering three babies in the clinic, where he regularly performed late-term abortions.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA For 25 minutes Monday, Kermit Gosnell talked, insisting he was "well intentioned" and cared about the addicts who patronized his West Philadelphia "pain management clinic. " He said he was devising a computerized solution to prevent patients from illegally obtaining prescriptions when he was arrested. He said he wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and federal prison officials offering his "expertise" in "narcotic rehabilitation" and "medical sociology," and as a "transactional interrelationist" to help other inmates while serving his own sentence.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney's voice rose to a shout Sunday evening as he spoke about abortionist Kermit Gosnell. But Mahoney would have had the audience in his corner with a whisper. The Presbyterian minister was joined by nearly 60 activists at a West Philadelphia rally and prayer vigil at which they sought a burial for what they called the "Gosnell babies" - the remains of 47 fetuses found in the physician's freezer. "These children need to be treated with dignity and respect," Mahoney cried, "and like any other member of the human family, they need to have a proper burial and funeral.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty-seven fetuses discovered three years ago in Kermit Gosnell's freezer are at the center of an emotional dispute over whether foes of abortion can claim the remains for burial. Now that the abortionist is behind bars for life and his clinic closed, and prosecutors no longer need the remains for evidence, an alliance of antiabortion groups is pressing Philadelphia Medical Examiner Sam Gulino to give them the remains. "The Gosnell babies" is the name bestowed on the fetal remains - some of them only body parts - by abortion opponents committed to keeping the notorious case alive in the public consciousness.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
They called Eileen O'Neill a compassionate, dedicated doctor, and the glue that unified her scattered family and kept alive her 82-year-old mother. What no one could explain - O'Neill included - was why she worked 15 years without getting a medical license, the last nine in the now-notorious West Philadelphia clinic of Kermit Gosnell. Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart was mystified even as he sentenced O'Neill on Monday to six to 23 months of house arrest on fraud and conspiracy charges involving her work as an unlicensed physician at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
AN UNLICENSED staffer at the former West Philadelphia clinic of disgraced abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was sentenced yesterday to house arrest on charges of conspiracy and participation in a corrupt organization. Eileen O'Neill was tried alongside Gosnell, who was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this year. She performed work as a doctor at the Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia, where Gosnell performed illegal late-term abortions and ran a pill mill that put thousands of doses of prescription painkillers on the street.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After twice balking at deals offered by federal prosecutors, West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking in prescriptions for almost a million pills of dangerous narcotics. What he could not do was admit he committed a crime. For about 15 minutes, Gosnell verbally sparred with U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe as she tried to get him to admit he actually committed the crimes to which he was pleading guilty. "That's not what I asked you," Rufe said as the 72-year-old physician squirmed and struggled to avoid saying he did what prosecution and defense lawyers agreed he did. "This is not a nolo contendere plea," Rufe said, referring to a plea where the defendant simply does not contest the charges.
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