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Gosnell Will Receive Life in Prison, Not Death Penalty


The Wall Street Journal reports:

Kermit Gosnell was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of babies who were born alive at his Philadelphia abortion clinic, avoiding a potential death penalty in a deal with city prosecutors.

A day after a jury convicted Dr. Gosnell, 72 years old, of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies, he waived his right to future appeals “in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole instead of the death penalty,” the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

Prosecutors had previously said they intended to seek the death penalty. Jury proceedings to decide his fate were scheduled to begin next week.


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