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Gosnell gets last chance at defense

PHILADELPHIA – Closing arguments in the Gosnell murder trial are set for Monday, when defense attorney Jack McMahon will present the case for the defense first and prosecutor Ed Cameron will sum up the prosecution’s case, likely in the afternoon session.

The defense surprised a packed courtroom last Wednesday by resting the defense’s case without calling a single witness in abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s defense.

McMahon told the reporters who surrounded him at the end of the trial phase, “It is what it is. We didn’t call any witnesses. We couldn’t call any witnesses.”

McMahon added, “We did it for strategic reasons.”

The judge’s gag order on the trial prevented McMahon from saying what those “strategic reasons” may be.

WND reported last Wednesday that trial judge Jeffrey Minehart admitted that he had made a mistake by dismissing the murder charge over Baby “C” and reinstated the charge.

Baby “C” is the baby that clinic staff members testified was too big for the “shoebox” he was put into and who clinic workers all say was seen breathing for 20 minutes before he died.

Baby “C” was the subject of debate last Tuesday during the motion-to-dismiss phase.

The defense argued that all charges should be dropped, saying, “It’s ridiculous to say a baby is alive just because you see it move.”

But in testimony the previous week, clinic staff member Kareema Cross told the court that she saw Baby “C” move and breathe. Voluntary movement and respirations are two of the criteria Pennsylvania’s abortion law requires for evidence that a baby is born alive.

Cross testified that she believed the baby was unusually large.

“She delivered, and the baby came out big, about 12-16 inches. He came out, and Dr. Gosnell put him in a box, a plastic box. But the baby was so big his arms and legs hung out of the box,” Cross said. “Dr. Gosnell took the box from the room. After this, the baby pulled his arms together.

“Dr. Gosnell took pictures, then he snapped the baby’s neck,” Cross said. “Dr. Gosnell said that this baby was so big he could have walked me to the bus stop.”

During cross examination by Gosnell’s defense attorney, Cross remained firm in her testimony about Baby “C.”

In a review of the photographs Cross took, McMahon asked to see the photo of Baby “C.” The photo showed a baby too large to fit into the plastic box.

As WND reported, during the course of the Gosnell trial, “startling” details about the sanitation and conditions at the clinic were discovered in testimony.

The list includes:

Barring any new motions, the jury is expected to get the case on Tuesday.

This case goes to the jury at the same time that Life News is reporting an undercover video at a Bronx abortion clinic reveals a worker telling a woman whose baby was born in a botched abortion to flush the remains down the toilet.

The pro-life group Live Action released the video on its website. Live Action Founder and President Lila Rose says Gosnell is not an anomaly.

“Dr. Kermit Gosnell is not an aberration,” Rose said in the Life News report. “The gruesome and brutal practices exposed in Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ are business as usual for the abortion industry in America. Nationwide, it’s just another day at the office.”