Prosecutors Considering Death Penalty For Gosnell

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MYFOXPHILLY: Prosecutors also disclosed after the hearing that they could have charged Gosnell with a “hundred murders.” Gosnell was ordered to hire an attorney for next Wednesday;s preliminary hearing after he unsuccessfully asked for a public defender for he and his wife. The district attorney’s office is still debating if it will seek the death penalty in this case. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has 217 death-penalty convictions on record, but the state hasn’t executed anyone since mass-killer Gary Heidnik in 1999. MORE

RELATED: Gosnell seemed surprised when Hughes explained that he did not qualify for a public defender because he has assets he can liquidate. “I asked for a public defender but I’m not eligible because I have assets?” he asked. Gosnell then turned to scan the courtroom and spotted CBS3 news reporter Walt Hunter in the audience. “Hi Walt,” Gosnell said, smiling and waving. “This is not a social event,” interrupted Hughes. “You need to focus. You don’t get to speak to people you know.” MORE

RELATED: “If … a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet,” testified Latosha Lewis, who worked for Gosnell for more than eight years. “I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes. She would not move.” The latter happened so often that James Johnson, the clinic’s janitor—and common-law husband of 51-year-old Elizabeth Hampton, who is herself Gosnell’s wife’s sister—refused to pull any more flesh out of the plumbing. MORE

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