Gosnell’s Wife to be Released on House Arrest

By Dave Andrusko

Pearl Gosnell

It’s like the calm before the storm, although this storm may not actually reach land for a year or more. I’m referring to the trials of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, accused of eight counts of murder, his wife, and eight other employees of Gosnell’s Women Medical Society abortion clinic.

We last talked about some preliminary motions  (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/04/%e2%80%9cevery-21-minutes%e2%80%9d-and-preliminaries-in-the-trial-of-abortionist-kermit-gosnell/#more-688). Since then Mrs. Pearl Gosnell, accused of conspiracy and helping her husband perform illegal late-term abortions, was the beneficiary of  a favorable ruling from Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner.

Mrs. Gosnell, who has been held at Riverside Correctional Facility since January 19, will be on “strict house arrest,” once she is released on $50,000 bail. Her release is pending being fitted with an electronic-monitoring device, which Gosnell’s attorney said could take up to two weeks (because of their scarcity).

Lerner rejected Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler, who opposed reducing Pearl Gosnell’s bail from $1 million to $50,000. Wechsler said because of “the seriousness of the charges she faces, she was a flight risk because she has significant assets and contacts in other states,” according to Mensah M. Dean of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Kermit Gosnell faces third-degree murder charges for the November 20, 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, who died from an overdose of anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell. He faces seven counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of babies born alive in the 6th, 7th, and 8th months who, according to District Attorney Seth Williams, Gosnell killed by severing their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

Ironically, although Gosnell’s clinic had been in trouble repeatedly, law authorities only discovered the deaths while investigating tips Gosnell was illegally selling prescription drugs.

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