Defense attorney Jack McMahon, left, speaks the press, May 13, 2013. Gosnell, right, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder.

Kermit Gosnell Guilty of 3 Murders, Could Face Death Penalty

Planned Parenthood praises verdict after high-profile trial that energized abortion opponents.

Defense attorney Jack McMahon, left, speaks the press, May 13, 2013. Gosnell, right, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder.
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One of the witnesses against Gosnell was former employee Stephen Massof, an unlicensed doctor who worked five years at Gosnell's clinic and pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder himself. Massof estimated that the number of babies born alive and then killed could have been as high as 100.

Pennsylvania's death row is the fourth largest in the U.S., according to the Death Penalty Information Center, but the state has only conducted three executions since 1976. Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out via lethal injection.

 

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