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Gregory Kane: Justice caught up with Kermit Gosnell, not a lynch mob

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When the awards for egregious, gratuitous race baiting are handed out, Jack McMahon will definitely cop his for the year 2013.

And 2014. And 2015. And for the rest of this decade.

McMahon is an attorney. More specifically, he's a defense attorney.

Here's what we know about defense attorneys. On occasion, they have to earn their living by engaging in hyperbole. Or, sometimes, just out and out lying.

To be even more specific, McMahon was most recently the defense attorney for a man named Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Remember him?

Yes, the same Gosnell that ran the baby-murdering factory in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. Gosnell was eventually charged with several counts of murder for snipping the spines of babies that were born alive.

A Philadelphia jury recently found Gosnell guilty of three counts of murder. According to news reports, most of those jurors were black. (So is Gosnell; so, according to news reports, were most of the women that came to his house of horrors.)

McMahon, apparently believing a predominantly black jury would be susceptible to some not-very-subtle race baiting, decided to whip out the race card during the trial.

"This is a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who's done nothing but give (back) to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia," McMahon said, according to news reports. "It's a prosecutorial lynching of Dr. Kermit Gosnell."

Elitist. Racist. Prosecutorial lynching. Never has the race card been played so outrageously. But few in the media called McMahon on it.

Those were black babies being murdered in Gosnell's baby-killing factory, a fact lost on McMahon, but not on the jurors that eventually found Gosnell guilty of murder.

You would think McMahon's referral to racism and lynching in a situation where neither applied would arouse the ire of the nation's black thought police, who are supposed to be keeping an eye on such language.

Remember, these are the ones that were so offended by the use of the "n" word in Quentin Tarantino's recent film Django Unchained that they counted the number of times the word was used.

I kid you not. Several black pundits have 'fessed up, telling us, precisely, how many times the "n" word was used in Django Unchained.

Now if Tarantino's use of that word in his film was so offensive, then why isn't McMahon's use of the word "lynching" in the Gosnell trial just as offensive?

We all know the history of black Americans and lynching. African Americans weren't the only ones lynched. There were plenty of whites that ended up dangling from the end of a lynch mob's rope.

In fact, the greatest mass lynching on record occurred in New Orleans. The year was 1892. The victims were Italian immigrants.

But black Americans have been lynched more disproportionately than members of other ethnic or racial groups. So when the word is used, it had better darn well be about a genuine, bona fide lynching.

It sure as heck shouldn't be about someone like Gosnell, whose "clinic" was described in a March 18, 2013 USA Today story:

"Gosnell, 72, is accused of running a rogue clinic that ignored the state ban on third-term abortions and 24-hour waiting periods.

"Prosecutors say he also maimed desperate, often poor women and teens by letting his untrained staff perform abortions and give anesthesia. And they say he got rich doing it, by performing a high volume of substandard abortions."

Oh, there's more.

"The two other 'doctors' on staff were allegedly medical school doctors without licenses. The woman giving anesthesia was a sixth-grade dropout who could hardly read or write. And one of the employees who advanced from the reception area to the operating room was a 15-year-old high school student."

An "elitist, racist prosecution"? A "prosecutorial lynching"?

No, this was just a matter of simple justice finally catching up with Kermit Gosnell.

Washington Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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