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Gosnell Gets Life

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CBS is reporting that abortionist/butcher Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced to life imprisonment on two of the three first degree murder charges of which he was convicted.  The deal is that he escapes the death penalty in exchange for his agreement to forego all appeals.

I hate to say it, but this is probably a wise move for the prosecutors.  Given Gosnell's age (72), the possibility that all the controversy about abortion might have produced at least one holdout juror, and that getting from conviction to actual execution in Pennsylvania takes years, if it ever happens, I reluctantly conclude that this was the smart thing to do.

Only three people have been executed in the Keystone State since Gregg effectively reinstated the death penalty in 1976.  The last execution there was of Gary Heidnik, in 1999, eleven years after his conviction and sentence (and Heidnik was a "volunteer").

Gosnell's cruelty was savage, and his murders multiple, but even had the jury decided on death, he very likely would have run out the clock before departing this planet on his own.  The only consolation, if one wants to call it that, is that his time in prison is likely to be less than fully pleasant.

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