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Kermit Gosnell, the famous abortionist, has filed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Daily News alleging that his civil rights were violated when the Daily News “utilized malicious sensationalism without regard to truth or factual evidence.” Gosnell is currently serving a life sentence without chance of parole after he was convicted on numerous counts of murder, involuntary manslaughter, 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortion, and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. Gosnell further alleges:
The demeaning and monsterization has included front-page headlines, articles, editorials, and even cartoons. Irreparable harm has been affected upon the Petitioner and his family for which rectification and compensation is warranted.
Ann McElhinney, Magdalena Segieda, and Phelim McAleer are independent movie makers who are producing a movie based on the Gosnell murder trial, for which they have raised more than $2.3 million on Indiegogo.com. (The movie’s script is written by Ricochet contributor Andrew Klavan.) They shared Gosnell’s civil rights complaint with their financial backers, of which I am one, writing in an email that they are in contact with Gosnell and have met with him several times in prison for research purposes for the movie.
We have visited him in prison and what an experience that was – he was behaving inappropriately towards Ann and singing her French love songs! As journalist we have done many jailhouse interviews but this was one of the creepiest.
However our job as journalists is to get to the truth of this story – so we have kept in touch with Gosnell as we have been developing the film. He has Phelim’s cell phone number and calls regularly to update us on his thoughts or his latest appeal because he still believes he is innocent. It really is quite an experience to be sitting chatting to family and have to break off the conversation because America’s most prolific serial killer is calling.
Gosnell’s complaint concludes:
It is hereby contended that the Slander, Libel, and Defamation as presented in this Civil Action has compromised his rights as a Defendant for Due Process of Law and a fair trial. It is further contended that such Slander, Libel, and Defamation should not be allowable even after conviction but that a person’s integrity and good name be respected until the process of appeal and sentence correction has been exhausted.