Jury has lots of questions about abortion doctor Gosnell
On the fourth day of deliberations, jurors moved their attention to the hundreds of charges against Kermit Gosnell.
The jurors in the Kermit Gosnell capital-murder trial asked their first questions about testimony and evidence pertaining to the doctor on Friday.
Since the panel began deliberating on Tuesday, their focus has been on Gosnell's co-defendant, Eileen O'Neill, given that all of their questions were about testimony and witnesses related to her case.
O'Neill, 56, of Phoenixville, is charged with six counts of theft by deception and related offenses for working as a doctor without a license at Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic, where prosecutors contend babies were born alive then murdered.
But shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, the jurors asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart for the definition of the charge "racketeering" - which Gosnell and O'Neill have been charged with.
They also asked for a list of medical drugs found at Gosnell's clinic, and for clarifying details about the four fetuses Gosnell is accused of murdering.
In addition, the jurors asked for copies of both death certificates that Assistant Medical Examiner Gary Collins wrote for Karnamaya Mongar, the woman who died of a drug overdose in 2009 following an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.
The first certificate listed her death as an "accident," while the second certificate - issued some 13 months later - listed the cause of death as a "homicide."
Gosnell is charged with third-degree murder in Mongar's death. His attorney, Jack McMahon, told the jury during the trial that Collins changed the cause of death because he was afraid to stand-up to the prosecution's "tsunami" of hype, lies and racism directed at Gosnell.
Later in the day, at about 1:20 p.m., the jury asked for the definition of the charge "conspiracy" and how it related to other charges.