Many of us have been anticipating the verdicts of the Gosnell trial. Some have become uneasy as to the length of the deliberations.
Breitbart is reporting that the jury is hung on two counts. But, we don’t know which two. The deliberations were anticipated to take a long while because of the scope they were asked to deal with. Gosnell has 263 charges pending against him. So, by the simple number of charges we expected that this take some time. Further, following the trial, I think there was some prosecutorial overreach where none was needed. I would rather they went after the more obvious murders and kept it simple for the jury, but, I’m no attorney.
Our judicial system is framed to protect the accused. There are times when we don’t like this, but, it beats the alternative. There’s no way Gosnell can ever be held to answer for all of the crimes he’s committed. At least, in this life time.
According to LifeNews, Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for killing babies who were born alive during abortion procedures by “snipping” their necks and spinal cords. He also faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death of a patient, Kamamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, from a botched legal abortion.
Gosnell faces 258 counts total and additional charges 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 prior to performing an abortion on women in order for consideration of the risks and alternatives to abortion.
The jury is also considering charges against Gosnell’s co-defendant.
Breitbart states, “Failure to resolve the two remaining charges could result in a partial verdict or a mistrial.”
I don’t know how they do it in Pennsylvania. It would seem to me if the jury agrees in even one charge of first-degree murder, it would be enough for a sentencing and that any potential re-trial would be on the hung charges only, but, again, I’m no attorney.