Gosnell sues Philly Daily News, D.A. from prison
Former West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has filed a federal lawsuit against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and the Philadelphia Daily News.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 14-page document, filed last Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, disputed that public comments by Williams and Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, and two articles appearing in the Daily News.
"Slander, libel and defamation should not be allowable even after a conviction. . .A person's integrity and good name need be respected by ethical conduct until the process of appeal and sentence correction has been exhausted," Gosnell wrote.
The case involves a 30-year federal prison term given in December 2013 after Gosnell pleaded guilty to charges that he ran a "pill mill" in which he sold dangerous narcotics, the Inquirer reported.
The federal prison term is “concurrent to three consecutive life terms” that Gosnell received in May 2013 for his Philadelphia Common Pleas Court conviction for the murder of three babies who a jury found were born alive during illegal late-term abortions.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Williams' office and Daily News editor Michael Days had no comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit specifically names as defendants former Daily News reporter Dana DiFilippo and Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky.