West Philly Abortion Doctor: Too Broke for Legal Counsel

Or so he says ...

Inquirer reporter Joseph A. Slobodzian was on the scene this morning.

Though public records show they jointly or individually own a total of 17 properties in four states, and a boat, accused West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell and his wife Pearl told a city judge this morning they were “close to destitute” and could not afford lawyers. [Inquirer]

The judge called shenanigans. Gosnell — who had to be reprimanded for waving to friends during the proceeding (!) —  was ordered to hire a lawyer, regardless of the cost.

Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that prosecutors are considering the death penalty. [MyFoxPhilly]