Gosnell employee given probation on abortion murder case

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NBC Philly reports, Elizabeth Hampton was given one year probation Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to one count of perjury.

The 55-year-old admitted she lied to investigators about practices inside the clinic, named the Women’s Medical Society, at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. She later testified about her time there.

Gosnell would regularly perform late-term abortions at the clinic, according to Hampton and other co-workers. They said the doctor and other employees would regularly snip the necks of babies following procedures.

During her time at the clinic, Hampton would answer phones and clean medical equipment — the same equipment investigators described as filthy and old.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams later nicknamed the facility a “House of Horrors” in a 2011 grand jury report.

Hampton said employees were paid extra to take part in second trimester abortions. She told the court she was given an extra $20 for each procedure she took part in.

The former employee also played a role in the 2009 abortion procedure that resulted in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar. Hampton said she gave Mongar two pills of Cytotec — a drug used to open a woman’s cervix — even though she did not have any medical training.

Mongar, 41, died after being given an overdose of pain medicine and anesthesia.

Hampton is close friends with Gosnell’s third wife Pearl Gosnell. The two women spent time together at a foster home when they were young.

Pearl Gosnell and five other associates are due in court for sentencing Wednesday. All have pled guilty to either third-degree murder or conspiracy charges for crimes they committed at the clinic.

Except for Pearl Gosnell, all testified against their former employer.

Gosnell Perp Walk
Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 13 in the deaths of three babies. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Mongar’s death and of more than 200 counts of abortion law violations.

He was sentenced to three-consecutive life terms in exchange for giving up his right to appeal. With the deal, prosecutors took the possibility of a death sentence off the table.

According to the Grand Jury Report: Elizabeth Hampton 51 year old Elizabeth Hampton of the 5000 block of Arch Street in Philadelphia, Dr. Gosnell’s sister-in-law
1-Elizabeth Hampton Philadelphia, PA

Charged with:
• Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2
• Hindering ApprehensionorProsecution,18Pa.C.S. §5105(a),F-3
• Perjury, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4902, F-3
• False Swearing, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4903, M-2

Obstructing Administration of Law

Hindering Prosecution
False Swearing charges
*Elizabeth (Liz) Hampton is Gosnell’s sister-in-law, his wife’s sister. She is also the common-law wife of James Johnson, who was the clinic’s janitor and was in charge
of disposing of the medical waste. Hampton worked on and off at the clinic. Her duties included cleaning instruments and answering phones. Although the evidence indicates
that Hampton did not usually administer medication, her initials “L.H.” appear on Karnamaya Mongar’s file and seem to indicate that she gave Cytotec to Mrs. Mongar at
6:30 p.m. Hampton was in fact present when Karnamaya Mongar was at the clinic on November 19, 2009. She was also present when the clinic was raided three months later.
1- District Attorney’s Office – R. Seth Williams, Press release Jan 19,2011 “West Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged with Murder” ; list of charges
*=Quoting Gosnell Grand Jury Report

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