On Tuesday, a Philadelphia judge dropped three out of the seven first-degree murder charges facing Kermit Gosnell, the doctor accused of killing babies born alive after botched abortions. The judge made the decision after hearing arguments from both sides of case.
According to an NBC affiliate, “Three first-degree murder charges were dropped against Gosnell after McMahon argued that ‘there is not one piece…of objective, scientific evidence that anyone was born alive’ at Gosnell’s clinic.”
Philly.com additionally reported:
Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart also tossed out all five counts against Gosnell accusing him of corpse abuse for storing the feet of aborted fetuses in plastic containers in his now closed Women’s Medical Society clinic.
Also dismissed by Minehart was one count of infanticide – the intentional killing of an infant. All other counts against Gosnell, 72, will be decided by the jury, the judge ruled.
Gosnell could face the death penalty if convicted of the first-degree murders.
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