1 Abortionist, 3 Clinic workers face the Death Penalty others loose medical licenses while most in the media remains silent

Telll me, other than local news where have you been hearing about this ongoing case ?????????????? If these were pro-lifers the cameras would be rolling day and night !!!!!

Phila. illegal abortion clinic workers could face death
Prosecutors consider penalty for Gosnell, Delaware woman, others

11:06 PM, Mar. 2, 2011 |

Dr. Kermit Gosnell

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania prosecutors said during a court hearing Wednesday they were reserving the right to seek the death penalty for Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing infants delivered alive following late-term abortion procedures.

Prosecutors also said they are considering death-penalty cases against three of Gosnell’s employees, including 42-year-old Lynda Williams of Wilmington.

Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler said there were sufficient facts for prosecutors to file a death penalty notice against Gosnell, but they need to continue their investigation before deciding on the others. Wechsler and Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore agreed with the defense attorneys to postpone the decision for 60 days while both sides investigate the matter.

Prosecutors are considering pushing for the death penalty against Steven Massof, 48, and Adrienne Moton, 33, along with Williams, who is facing two counts of murder for her alleged roles in at least one baby’s death and in the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar from an overdose of sedative medication. Those charges would qualify her for the death penalty, Wechsler said.

The Rev. Derrick Johnson of Wilmington was in the Philadelphia courtroom Wednesday to show support for Williams, who along with her family, has been a member of his Joshua Harvest Church for almost two years.

“The church cannot turn its back on anybody, and we won’t turn our back on her at this time, either,” said Johnson, adding he wasn’t there to judge the acts she is accused of committing.

Johnson, who was accompanied by a friend of Williams and two church members, said Williams’ biggest concern now has been the welfare of her children and grandchild.
“When she was arrested, the landlord in Wilmington immediately moved to evict the family from his property,” Johnson said. “We’ve been helping them by wrapping our arms around them.”

The death penalty will not be considered against six other Gosnell employees, including 51-year-old Sherry West of Bear.

West faces a third-degree murder charge in the death of a patient who was over-medicated, prosecutors said.

The Philadelphia charges against Gosnell and the employees are related to incidents at his West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society clinic, but a grand jury report indicated he routinely started late-term abortion procedures that were illegal in Delaware at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services clinic on Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington and completed them at the Pennsylvania clinic. Gosnell and the workers from his West Philadelphia clinic were arrested in January and charged with a variety of felonies, including homicide.

Gosnell began treating at least six patients in Delaware and then sent them to Philadelphia, according to evidence considered by the grand jury.

Prosecutors said that one of seven live newborns Gosnell is accused of killing by severing their spinal cords with scissors belonged to a teenage girl who first visited him at the Wilmington clinic. He took her to the West Philadelphia site because she was too far along to get an abortion under Delaware law, they said.

There have been no criminal charges filed in the case by Delaware authorities. But Dr. Albert Dworkin, one of two Delaware physicians associated with Gosnell, had his medical license temporarily suspended Tuesday by the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, which cited a “clear and immediate danger” to the public.

Dworkin plans to seek a hearing within 15 days to get his physician’s privileges restored, his attorney said. A request for the emergency suspension of a second doctor, Arturo Apolinario, was turned down, but an expedited hearing to review charges against him is going forward and Apolinario’s ability to write prescriptions has been suspended.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden also filed complaints with the medical board last week seeking a cease-and-desist order against Panzy Myrie, the owner of Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, for improperly advertising herself as a doctor, and seeking a fine against Atlantic for the violations by the doctors and Myrie. The complaints filed against Atlantic, Myrie and the doctors are all civil actions that could result in fines and suspensions but do not carry any prison time.

Dworkin’s suspension is one of the first actions taken against a Delaware physician since a number of new regulations were adopted by state lawmakers last year following the arrest of Lewes pediatrician Earl B. Bradley for abusing young patients.

Gosnell and the nine employees are scheduled to have their pretrial motions heard before Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner on March 30.

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