Warning Signs: What Robert Rho and Kermit Gosnell Have in Common

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – Robert Rho and Kermit Gosnell were both little-known abortionists who ran abortion facilities that operated under the radar of regulators as well as the general public until their arrests and ensuing trials thrust them into the public spotlight.

But the two men have more in common that a shared profession and having worn a matching set of “bracelets.”

Both have been criminally convicted for killing women during late-term abortions that went terribly wrong.

Robert Rho pleaded guilty to negligent homicide on May 4, 2018, for causing the needless death of Jaime Lee Morales during a horribly botched abortion at his small Flushing, New York, abortion facility in 2016. Rho had unsuccessfully attempted to conduct an abortion on Morales in her 26th week of pregnancy in just one day. As a result, he lacerated her cervix, sliced a 7.5-inch gash through her uterus, severed her uterine artery, and deeply cut into the wall of her vagina. Rho conducted a second procedure – not to fix the severe internal injuries, but to conceal her hemorrhaging. With the business day ebbing away, he discharged her in an unstable condition and Morales died soon after.

Gosnell is best known for his convictions on three counts of first degree murder for killing babies born alive during late-term abortions at a squalid clinic in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But Gosnell also was convicted of the same crime as Rho – negligent homicide – for killing Karnamaya Mongar during an illegal late-term abortion. Mongar was overdosed by Gosnell’s staff with Demerol, a cheaper drug that those with fewer side effects. During her abortion, her vital signs began to slip, but Gosnell continued with the second trimester abortion without attending to his dying patient. When paramedics arrived, Mongar was found unattended on the abortion table, naked from the waist down, with her legs still in the stirrups – and in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics were able to temporarily revive her, but Mongar did not survive.

I personally attended the 2013 Gosnell trial (and even wrote a book about it), so I am very familiar with Gosnell’s attitude and behavior as well as the evidence and testimony during his murder trial. For Rho’s case, I relied on an observer, Lauren Handy, who attended ten days of the trial and relayed to me Rho’s actions and demeanor during his trial as well as details concerning the testimony and evidence in the case.

Of course, there were significant differences between the two criminal abortionists. Gosnell’s demeanor in the courtroom was serene and almost prideful. He had the look of a man who truly believed he had done nothing wrong, which was striking, given the horrific nature of the case. He never seemed troubled by the damning case presented by the prosecution and didn’t seem to care how long the trial lasted.

On the other hand, Rho appeared angry and impatient — even argumentative with his attorney, who he did not seem to trust. He wanted the trial over as soon as possible and seemed to resent having to sit through the proceedings.

But there were also a striking number of similarities. Both men operated in a reckless and criminal manner because them somehow believed that no negative consequences would ever come of their behavior.

This “above-the-law” attitude and conduct must serve as a warning. There are others out there that share these commonalities, and if they haven’t yet killed a patient, it is just a matter of time before they do.

Here’s a closer look at aspects that Gosnell and Rho have in common.

Erratic behavior

Testimony in the Gosnell case reflected he engaged in bizarre behavior at inappropriate times. For example, when police raided Gosnell’s office, Gosnell proceeded to calmly feed the turtles in the dirty tank in his office, delivered a dead baby from a woman in labor, and then sat down to eat his lunch while still wearing torn and bloody surgical gloves.

For Rho, his behavior could also be described as “bizarre” but in a much different way. Rho seemed impatient and paranoid. When and Associated Press reported sat down to speak with Lauren Handy, Rho interrupted and told the reporter not to speak with Handy because she was “anti-abortion.”

A photographer was tasked with photographing Rho and snapped pictures of him in the hallway outside the courtroom during one of the breaks in the proceedings. Rho approached the photographer and told him he could not use that picture because it showed him near the restroom door, then ordered the photographer to retake his picture.

During breaks, he openly argued with his attorney Jeff Lichtman about the cost of his defense, prompting Lichtman to tell him, “I don’t know what it’s going to cost. I’m just trying to keep you out of jail.”

At one point, Rho startled onlookers when he slammed his hand down on a table and shouted, “I’m stretched thin in my bank account!”

It seemed that Rho had much difficulty trusting his defense counsel and controlling his emotions and actions, which nearly led to a mistrial.

Rho’s most disruptive and shocking behavior came in his attempts to improperly communicate with the jury. While Gosnell would often try to make eye contact and smile at his jury members in an effort to connect with them, Rho would make faces and gesture to the jury in an attempt to influence them. These childish outbursts earned him a stern rebuke from Judge Gregory Lasak.

During a break in deliberations, Rho even approached a juror and tried to tell her his side of the story about one piece of testimony, which was completely outrageous conduct. The jury had to be polled to see how many others had heard his outburst or felt influenced by it. Luckily, the jury was allowed to continue deliberations.

Late-Term Abortions Past Legal Limit

Both Gosnell and Rho had no qualms about conducting late-term abortions beyond the legal limits in their states, which happened to both be 24 weeks. These laws meant little to either man.

While Mongar’s baby was determined to be 16-18 weeks gestation – well within the legal limit – other evidence showed he routinely aborted babies more than 30 weeks into pregnancy.

In the Rho case, Morales’ baby was determined by a forensic anthropologist to be 24-26 weeks gestation. This finding was consistent with Rho’s own determination that the Morales baby was 25.1 weeks gestation, or just into her 26th weeks of pregnancy – over the legal limit for an abortion in New York.

Unqualified Staff

Gosnell and Rho both maintained grossly unqualified staffs. None of Gosnell’s workers were properly qualified or trained. He employed one woman with just a sixth-grade education. Another worker was a 15-year old teenager. Both routinely administered sedation drugs outside Gosnell’s presence. Gosnell also hired two medical school graduates, but neither had bothered to obtain valid licenses in Pennsylvania. However, they conducted duties as if they were licensed physicians.

In Rho’s case, none of his staff were properly qualified or trained, either. He hired two women to work as receptionists, but soon had them helping in surgery and conducting ultrasound exams even though they had no medical background. One of Rho’s workers was tasked with taking vital signs during surgery, which she did not know how to do. When she reminded him of that, he told her to “just put down numbers” on the patient’s chart.

Corners-Cutting on Patient Care and Safety

In the medical profession, there are certain standards that physicians must adhere. Facilities must be clean. Medical records must be properly and completely filled out. For certain procedures, such as abortions, there are also standards that must be met. The standards are there to protect the patient from adverse outcomes or harm.

Gosnell operated his abortion facility as if he was the supreme lawgiver. The workers were taught that he was the doctor and could not be questioned. That is how he convinced his staff that snipping the necks of viable babies that were born alive during abortions was standard practice in every abortion clinic.

Rho also ignored patient care standards, a practice that led to Morales’ death, just like Gosnell’s violation of patient standards regarding anesthesia led to the death of Karnamaya Mongar.

Rho’s attempt to conduct a nearly 26-week abortion in one day violated one of those standards. Cinching Morales’ cervix shut to hide the internal hemorrhaging instead of calling an ambulance was another. When Rho released Morales in a semi-conscious, unresponsive state, Dr. Arup De, an expert in anesthesiology, testified that Rho had violated patient care standards.

The utter disregard for the most basic care required made both of these men extremely dangerous and led to the deaths of Mongar and Morales.

Apathy About Fixing Mistakes

Kermit Gosnell didn’t do much for Karnamaya Mongar when she went into respiratory distress, which led to cardiac arrest. He performed no CPR. He simply walked away. When paramedics arrived, Gosnell had moved on from Mongar and was unhelpful to those who were trying to save his patient’s life.

Rho didn’t even bother calling an ambulance for his dying patient. He never tried to repair all the damage he had done to Morales or stop the internal bleeding. In fact, he tried to cover up her hemorrhaging and gambled that someone would realize she needed to go to the hospital. He was impatient and left his office just five minutes after discharging Morales.

“He just wanted her gone,” prosecutor Brad Leventhal told the jury during closing arguments, emphasizing his lack of concern.

Difficulty Admitting Culpability

Both Rho and Gosnell had much difficulty admitting they had done anything wrong and expressed no remorse for their victims. Even after Gosnelll had settled into his new prison home, it was reported that he had begun training for a triathlon that he wanted to compete in once he was released – despite the fact he agreed to give up his right to appeal in exchange for a life sentence with no parole. The alternative had been capital punishment. He even once remarked that one day people would come to understand what he did and embrace it.

When Rho accepted a plea deal on a lesser count, he was forced to admit his culpability in court. At first, he simply stated that he had lacerated the victim’s cervix, repaired in twice, then sent her home where she died unexpectedly. Finally, he was forced to admit – albeit through clenched teeth – that he killed Jaime Morales by inflicting serious internal injuries during an abortion.

While Gosnell will sit in prison for the rest of his life, Rho’s difficulty admitting guilt is a warning flag that he must never be allowed to practice medicine again.

Lack of Empathy for the Family

Neither Gosnell nor Rho had much sympathy for the family. Gosnell had written a letter to the Monger family after Karnamaya’s death, but he never expressed his sorrow. This caused offense and hurt in an already grieving family.

For Rho, his behavior in court, his open arguing over money, his bizarre attempts to communicate with the jury is disagreement and his willingness to allow his attorney to attack the character of Morales as a heavy drinker and her family members as just in it for the money, all offended caused pain for the family.

But perhaps the worst of all for them was when Judge Lasak announced that the jury had reached a verdict. That is when Rho’s attorney jumped up and told the judge he wanted to cop a plea to the lesser charge. After over three weeks of emotional testimony, the family was denied hearing the verdict that had been reached.

Arrogance and Greed

Gosnell and Rho shared two critical traits that led to two needless patients’ deaths and their own downfall: arrogance and greed.

Gosnell, in his arrogance, believed he was never wrong. In his greed, he cut so many corners on safety and practices that he became a danger to his patients.

The same could be said for Rho. His arrogance and greed manifested in his constant arguing with his defense team over money, along with the corners cutting at his abortion facility that was meant to maximize profits without care for his patients’ health, safety, and lives.

They both also lacked remorse. To this day, neither man truly believes he deserves his fate.

How many other abortionists are out there operating under similar dangerous attitudes? Probably more than we know.

Rho is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, 2018. It is hoped that he will be given the maximum prison sentence of four years — not nearly enough for taking Jaime Morales’ life.

It is Operation Rescue’s hope for both men that during their much deserved time in prison, they may contemplate their hurtful actions, realize a sense of remorse, and eventually come to repentance.

GUILTY! Abortionist Takes Surprise Plea Deal That Includes Jail Time in Death of Abortion Patient

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Queens, NY – In a move that shocked the court, Robert Rho accepted a previously offered plea bargain and admitted his guilt to Felony Negligent Homicide immediately after the judge announced that the jury had reached a verdict in this three-week trial.

Rho will be sentenced and will surrender into custody on July 26, 2018, after which he will serve between 16 months and four years in prison for killing Jaime Lee Morales during a horrifically botched second trimester abortion.

“Robert Rho killed Jaime Morales and has now grudgingly admitted his crime. He will pay for that crime in prison, so we are satisfied with the outcome even though we had hoped for a conviction on the more serious charge,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Rho was on trial for Second Degree Manslaughter, a Class C Felony that carried a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

“I suspect Rho took the plea deal once he realized the jury was about to convict him,” said Newman.

The plea agreement required Rho to admit his crime in court, which he was reticent to do. At first, he simply stated that he had lacerated the victim’s cervix, repaired in twice, then sent her home where she died unexpectedly.

That statement was insufficient to meet the terms of a confession.

Finally, under questioning from his defense attorney Jeff Lichtman, Rho admitted through clenched teeth that he killed Morales.

Earlier, on this third day of jury deliberations, the jury had told Judge Gregory Lasak that they could not reach an agreement on a verdict. Judge Lasak instructed them to go back and continue deliberations to see if they could finally come to an agreement.

Hours later, a verdict was indeed reached, but Rho’s acceptance of the plea bargain agreement meant that the verdict would never be known.

The Morales family was upset that they had endured a full three weeks of trial where the reputation of their daughter was attacked, only to be denied a jury verdict.

“We have great sympathy for the Morales family for the loss they have suffered. Their grief was only compounded by Rho’s selfish and erratic behavior that first denied them the life of their loved one, then denied them the closure a verdict would have brought,” said Newman. “I pray that during his incarceration he might reflect on the harm he has caused and come to repentance through Jesus Christ.”

Full trial coverage archive:

GUILTY! Abortionist Takes Surprise Plea Deal That Includes Jail Time in Death of Abortion Patient, May 4, 2018

Jury Deliberations Enter Second Day in Abortion-Manslaughter Case, May 3, 2018

Defense Plays Race Card While Prosecution Tells Jury Greed and Arrogance Led to Abortion Patient Death, May 2, 2018

Lesser Charge is Debated In Rho Abortion-Manslaughter Trial, May 1, 2018

Devastating Testimony Countered by Witness Badgering in Abortion-Manslaughter Trial, April 30, 2018

Prosecution Rests as Tensions Rise in Abortion Manslaughter Case, April 27, 2018

Testimony: Fatal Injuries Resulted from Rho’s Single-Day Dismemberment Abortion of 6-Month Old Pre-Born Baby, April 26, 2018

Abortionist’s Manslaughter Trial Testimony Reveals Patient Suffered a Painful Death, April 25, 2018

Abortionist Robert Rho on Trial for Manslaughter in Abortion Death Amid Media Blackout, April 12, 2018

New York Abortionist Set for Hearing November 28 in Manslaughter Case

New York Abortionist Charged with Manslaughter in Late-term Abortion Death, October 12, 2016

Jury Deliberations Enter Second Day in Abortion-Manslaughter Case

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – Jury deliberations are continuing into the second day in the manslaughter trial of abortionist Robert Rho, who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of Second Degree Manslaughter for causing the death of Jaime Morales, 30, due to a terribly botched second trimester abortion.

Yesterday, the jury asked to examine several pieces of evidence that were presented in the trial, including some medical records and surgical instruments, according to Operation Rescue’s courtroom observer Lauren Handy.

Testimony and evidence presented during the trial showed that Rho cut corners that put his patients at risk. He conducted an abortion on Morales in her 26th week of pregnancy using a dangerous one-day dismemberment abortion procedure that experts said violated the standard of care.

This led to severe lacerations of the uterus, uterine artery, cervix, and vaginal wall that caused massive hemorrhaging. Rho then conducted a second procedure without anesthesia to stitch her cervix closed to conceal any outward appearance of internal hemorrhaging. While still unconscious, he released her to go home. She died just hours later.

The defense claimed that Rho’s prosecution was a “a modern-day lynching” and blamed Morales’ death on the fact that she failed to disclose that she suffered from Lupus, and autoimmune disease that made her prone to extra bleeding, which the prosecution said had no bearing on Morales’ fatal injuries.

“Rho couldn’t have slashed Jaime Morales more if he had been Jack the Ripper,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which has led to the abortionist being nicknamed “Rho the Ripper” in social media posts.

Operation Rescue will report as soon as the verdict comes in. In the meantime, the public is urged to #Pray4Justice.

Catch up on this developing story by reading Operation Rescue’s previous trial coverage.

Abortionist’s Manslaughter Trial Testimony Reveals Patient Suffered a Painful Death

Testimony: Fatal Injuries Resulted from Rho’s Single-Day Dismemberment Abortion of 6-Month Old Pre-Born Baby

Prosecution Rests as Tensions Rise in Abortion Manslaughter Case

Devastating Testimony Countered by Witness Badgering in Abortion-Manslaughter Trial

Lesser Charge is Debated In Rho Abortion-Manslaughter Trial

Defense Plays Race Card While Prosecution Tells Jury Greed and Arrogance Led to Abortion Patient Death

Defense Plays Race Card While Prosecution Tells Jury Greed and Arrogance Led to Abortion Patient Death

By Cheryl Sullenger with Lauren Handy

Queens, NY – The criminal manslaughter case goes to the jury today after often emotional and sometimes shocking closing arguments were presented by the prosecution and the defense against abortionist Robert Rho, who is accused of causing the death of Jaime Lee Morales, 30 during a fatally botched in the 26th week of her pregnancy.

Operation Rescue’s courtroom observer, Lauren Handy, will be in court awaiting a verdict in this trial that is now in its eighteenth day. Also present in court were Rho’s father, mother, wife, and teen-aged son as well as the victim’s friends and family. Some members of the media and representatives from various pro-life groups were also present.

If convicted of Second Degree Manslaughter, Rho could face up to 15 years in prison.

Tension that has been witnessed between Rho and his attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman, throughout the trial once again manifested when Judge Gregory Lasak entered the court and questioned Rho on his understanding of his right to testify in his own defense since Rho had not taken the stand.

“Are you satisfied,” the judge asked Rho.

“I suppose,” Rho replied.

Judge Lasak then asked if Rho had spoken to his attorney, to which Rho responded, “I am satisfied.”

Finally, closing arguments began late-morning when Rho’s a nervous and visibly sweating Lichtman rose to address the jury.

Lichtman’s spoke for over an hour. His presentation was extemporaneous and racially manipulative. He asked the jury to view the evidence with an open eye and an open heart.

“America is a great country and everyone deserves a fair trial,” he said. “History has shown there have been ties of unfairness, like slavery.”

The jury was comprised of four women and eleven men. Out of those 15 jurors, four were white and the rest were people of color. It was obvious that Lichtman was making an emotional appeal to the non-white jurors for sympathy for Rho, who is of Asian descent.

Lichtman described how most of the prosecution’s witnesses had lied or purposely left out key facts. He attacked the honesty of a Queens homicide detective and implied that the damaging testimony from Morales’ sister earlier in the trial could not be trusted.

He warned the jury that the prosecutor would present to them sensational facts about how they found a fetus in a garbage bag “to sway your emotion.”

“It’s a modern-day lynching!” Lichtmen cried, appealing once again to the jurors of color.

Lichtman’s primary argument seemed to be that Morales had failed to give her full medical history at the time of her abortion, including the fact she suffered from Lupus, an autoimmune disease that could result in bruising and excess bleeding. He opined that the blood found pooled in her skull and the bruises found on her legs was evidence she was having a Lupus episode at the time of her fatal abortion.

However, earlier testimony indicated that Morales had passed out in the bathroom – most likely from blood loss – and bumped her head as she fell. Bruising to her legs occurred when Rho’s female staff struggled to lift Morales, who was unconscious, into a wheelchair.

Lichtman attempted to persuade the jury that there was some sort of conspiracy of lies to hide the facts about the Lupus, and that the family was just trying to make money through a civil lawsuit against Rho.

“Don’t let these lies be buried forever,” Lichtman begged the jury in conclusion of his closing arguments.

Next, prosecutor Brad Leventhal addressed the jury for the final time.

“Jaime Morales isn’t dead because she had Lupus,” he began. “She’s dead because the defendant ripped a 7 ½ in hole the size of a fist in her uterus.”

Labelled Diagram Of The Female Reproduction System Uterus Cervical Posterior Anatomy Female Reproductive Ligament – HUMAN ANATOMY CHARTS

Leventhal then replayed the security video from inside Rho’s abortion facility on the day of Morales’ abortion. It showed her limp head falling back as she sat unconscious in a wheelchair just prior to being discharged.

He told the jury, “This case is simple. It’s about greed, arrogance, and desperation.”

Leventhal went on to explain how Morales had felt desperate, and that Rho had preyed on that desperation. He explained how she was having problems with the baby’s father – the first time the term “baby” was used in the trial.

Morales had first gone to Planned Parenthood but was turned away – not because of the lupus, but because she was too far along for a legal abortion in New York, which restricts abortion beyond 24 weeks.

Leventhal reminded the jury that even the medical examiner had explained that Lupus had no role in her death and urged them to remember the facts and not allow Lichtman’s baseless arguments muddle the situation.

“The defense said don’t let these lies be buried forever, but in all respect, the only thing that’s going to be buried forever is Jaime Morales,” Leventhal said.

Morales had died because Rho had lacerated her uterus, reached into her abdominal cavity and sliced her uterine artery, lacerated her cervix, and cut deep into the wall of her vagina. Leventhal then reminded the jury how Rho had masked her internal bleeding by stitching her cervix shut.

The prosecutor brought up the testimony of one of Rho’s former employees Kelly Sue. She said Rho left his abortion facility just five minutes after discharging Morales. “He just wanted her gone,” Leventhal said.

At this point, Judge Lasak stopped Leventhal in mid-sentence and called for a recess. After the jury was removed from the room, Lasak rebuked Rho for attempting to influence the jury by making faces during the prosecution’s closing argument. Rho had also gestured toward the jury and shook his head at various prosecution statements. Lasak warned Rho to stop this behavior and threatened to remove him from the court if he did not.

In another odd turn of events, Rho’s father would burst out laughing at inappropriate times throughout the arguments and was threatened with removal as well.

Once Judge Lasak had regained control of the courtroom, the jury was brought in and Leventhal was allowed to finish is closing argument.

He noted that it was greed and arrogance that killed Jaime Morales.

“He gambled with a life and she lost,” said Leventhal. “He shoes his pocketbook over his patient’s safety.”

Leventhal explained that two of Rho’s staff, Kelly Sue and Grace, had no medical training. They had each applied for jobs as receptionists but were soon working in the procedure room assisting with surgeries. Kelly would do ultrasounds and remove “specimens” while Grace took vitals, which she really did not know how to do. Rho told her to just put numbers down.

But perhaps the most disturbing facts of the trial that were recounted by Leventhal regarded how Jaime was treated during her second procedure – treatment that was tantamount to torture.

After Morales continued to hemorrhage after the first abortion procedure, she was taken back to the procedure room for a second procedure. By this time, her sedation had worn off.

Rho instructed Kelly to strap the victim’s legs in the stirrups and hold her down.

He then told Morales, “Bear the pain. I can’t give you any more anesthesia.”

This caused the family to openly weep in court.

Leventhal reminds the jurors it was greed and arrogance that led to Morales’ death. Rho had become reckless from cutting corners in order to achieve the most money from every abortion.

With closing arguments completed, court was dismissed for the day.

Today, the jury will deliberate Rho’s fate.

“Rho couldn’t have slashed Jaime Morales more if he had been Jack the Ripper,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The fact he had her strapped down and constrained while he conducted a second abortion and sutured her internally without anesthesia was nothing short of torture. He deserves the full measure of justice allowed by law – and then some.”

Operation Rescue will continue to update with developments as they come in.

Lesser Charge is Debated In Rho Abortion-Manslaughter Trial

By Cheryl Sullenger, with Lauren Handy

Queens, NY – In a surprise move, no testimony was taken Tuesday, April 30, 2018, in the Robert Rho manslaughter trial. Instead attorneys met in the chambers of Judge Gregory Lasak for a prolonged conference.

Rho is on trial for Second Degree Manslaughter (reckless homicide) for causing the death of Jaime Morales, 30, as the result of a severely botched second trimester abortion in 2016.

Lauren Handy, Operation Rescue’s in-court observer, indicated that a reporter from the Associated Press joined her in court. Handy said that the reporter had also been in the courtroom on Friday but had not yet submitted a story.

Around 11:40 a.m., attorneys returned to the courtroom without the judge.

Apparently, the subject of the chambers conference involved one particular crime scene photo that had not yet been submitted as evidence. Defense attorney Jeff Lichtman argued that a bottle in the photo contained Misoprostol, a drug often used vaginally to soften the cervix for later-term abortions. However, only the bar code and not the name of the drug could be seen in the photo.

Earlier testimony from one of Rho’s employees indicated that she saw Rho insert pills into the patient’s vagina prior to the abortion but did not see him insert laminaria dilators.

However, there was some disagreement about whether the photo could be submitted as evidence.

Prosecutor Brad Leventhal had argued that a search of Rho’s abortion facility in Flushing, New York, found no evidence of Misoprostol or laminaria dilators. This mean that Rho had never prepared the victim’s cervix for dilation prior to starting the dismemberment (D&E) abortion on Morales’ nearly 26-week pre-born baby. Without preparation, the woman risks serious cervical tearing of the kind found during Morales’ autopsy.

If Lichtman is allowed to enter the crime scene photo as evidence and can prove through the bar code that the bottle in the photo is Misoprostol, he will then be able to argue that Rho attempted to prepare the cervix for dilation. In this case, a lesser charge may be requested, such as negligent homicide, which is a Class E Felony and carries a penalty of up to 4 years in prison and a potentially substantial fine.

Rho’s current charge is a Class C Felony that can result in a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Leventhal was seen gathering Morales’ family together to discuss the possibility of the lesser charge. It is unknown if there are plans for a plea to a reduced charge, or how the case may proceed from here.

Meanwhile, Lichtman began to pack up his materials for the day while Rho began another argument about money. Throughout the trial, the two have been observed in heated discussions over the cost of the trial, with Rho being particularly angry about the high price of his defense.

Lichtman is considered one of the best criminal defense attorneys in New York today. Lichtman, who practices in state and federal courts, is considered the attorney of choice for those involved in organized crime. He has successfully defended the likes of John Gotti’s son, John A. Gotti; Thomas Rachko, a former police officer who was accused of stealing from mob-related drug dealers; and Jacob Orgad, The largest trafficker of the drug Ecstasy ever arrested in the U.S.

Lichtman is currently representing Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, in addition to Rho.

“It seems somehow appropriate that an attorney who specializes in defending those involved in organized crime would also represent an abortionist,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “However, we pray that Mr. Lichtman will be unsuccessful in his defense of Robert Rho. If he gets off, it will be a gross miscarriage of justice.”

On a side note, Handy indicated that the AP reporter was in court on Friday and told her that Friday’s primary witness for the defense was a physician from Johns Hopkins University Hospital, whose name is unknown at this time. He served as an expert witness on the matter of abortion. It was revealed that the defense had paid this physician $30,000 for his testimony, compared to around $3,000 that was paid by the prosecution to their expert witness Steven Chasen, who serves on the Executive Board of Planned Parenthood of NYC.

Operation Rescue plans to report on breaking developments in this trial, which is tentatively expected to conclude on May 3.
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Operation Rescue’s previous trial coverage:

Abortionist’s Manslaughter Trial Testimony Reveals Patient Suffered a Painful Death

Testimony: Fatal Injuries Resulted from Rho’s Single-Day Dismemberment Abortion of 6-Month Old Pre-Born Baby

Prosecution Rests as Tensions Rise in Abortion Manslaughter Case

Devastating Testimony Countered by Witness Badgering in Abortion-Manslaughter Trial