Gosnell abortion clinic employee Sherry West, who described how she heard a baby scream during a live-birth abortion, has been sentenced to 5-10 years in prison for her role in the “House of Horrors” abortion clinic incidents.
West described an incident which “really freaked (her) out” and related to the jury how she heard a child scream who was born alive following an abortion. West remembered how she referred to the dead children killed in these gruesome abortion procedures as “specimens” so she could avoid the mental trauma associated with knowing how they died.
On November 19, 2009, 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar suffered a fatal drug overdose during an abortion procedure at the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. West played a role in Mongar’s death.
“Nobody believes the truth anymore, nobody,” said a weeping West. Because of a delay getting a prisoner elevator to the 11th-floor courtroom, West stayed there, crying, for five minutes as court staff worked nearby and a sheriff’s deputy stood guard.
West pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges, admitting that on Nov. 19, 2009, she administered some of the Demerol overdose that killed Karnamaya Mongar, 41, during an abortion at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic. West also admitted that after accompanying the comatose Mongar and her family to a hospital emergency room, she lied about what happened and destroyed or altered Mongar’s medical records.
Gosnell is serving three consecutive life terms after being convicted of murder for killing babies born alive and viable during illegal late-term abortions.
“As evil as Kermit Gosnell is, as charismatic as he may have been . . . he could not have accomplished all he accomplished alone,” Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner said during sentancing. “He needed the help of other people.”
When police made an arrest at Pimlico four years ago, Christopher Sharp was one of several recording. Officers didn’t like it.
“Do me a favor and turn that off. It’s illegal to record anybody’s voice or anything else,” an officer told Sharp.
But that’s not true.
Sharp says the officers took his phone and deleted videos, including family videos.
Now, four years and an ACLU-backed lawsuit later, city police agreed to a sweeping settlement: money to Sharp and his attorneys, a formal written apology from the police commissioner and, most importantly, a new department policy spelling out expectations of city officers being recorded.
The agency instituted rules on the public’s right to film officers in 2012, but lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said they didn’t go far enough. The new Baltimore Police Department policy states that “members of the general public have a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and/or audio record BPD members while BPD members are conducting official business … unless such recordings interfere with police activity.”
The new policy also states that officers “shall allow all persons the same access for photography and recording as is given to the news media.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake weighed in on the issue Wednesday after the city’s Board of Estimates voted to approve the $250,000 payment.
“We’ve been clear that the public has a right to film,” she said.
Under the settlement agreement, Sharp will be paid $25,000. The rest will go to cover attorney fees accrued during the nearly four-year case.
“Originally, I asked for an apology. That was it,” he said.
He now has one. Sharp received a framed copy of an apology from Batts. “We would like to personally assure you that we are working tirelessly to regain your trust,” the letter says.
An Air Force Academy cadet wrote a Bible verse on a hallway whiteboard that was subsequently removed earlier this week after pressure from an outside group, and now religious freedom organizations are offering assistance to any Academy students who might face repercussions for writing, or supporting the writing, of Bible verses on bulletin boards.
In addition, there are reports now that some cadets are posting other Bible verses and some passages from the Koran on other whiteboards at the Colorado Springs campus, in protest of the removal of the first verse.
The hallway whiteboard had been designated by the Air Force Academy for both official and personal use, according to a group of 24 organizations called the Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition.
The Bible verse was from Galatians 2:20, and said on the board, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me.”
“It clearly elevated one religious faith [fundamentalist Christianity] over all others at an already virulently hyper-fundamentalist Christian institution,” Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation said. “It massively poured fundamentalist Christian gasoline on an already raging out-of-control conflagration of fundamentalist Christian tyranny, exceptionalism and supremacy at USAFA.”
Retired Army General Jerry Boykin, now with the Family Research Council, told me the superintendent’s statement is an example of “politically correct double speak.”
“What about the rights of the Christian cadets who have a constitutional right to express their individual faith?” he asked. “If a scripture scares the faculty this much, then it is unlikely that they will be very effective when confronted by a committed enemy who is willing to die for his or her beliefs.”
“This academy should be training warriors who can deal with difficult situations and determined enemies,” Boykin said. “A scripture is hardly a threat.”
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Climate change fanatics (they call it “climate change” now ’cause that whole “global warming” thing didn’t work out too well for them) protesting in front of the White House earlier this month were asked to sign a (bogus) petition to, among other things, lower the temperature of the sun.