Gosnell's Lawyer No Stranger to Scandal; Judge Bypasses Preliminary Hearing

By Tara Murtha
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“Don’t forget, they’re pretty good lawyers,” said a reporter to ADAs Joanne Pescatore and Christine Wechsler a few minutes after interviewing Jack McMahon.

“Well, we think we’re pretty good lawyers,” replied Pescatore. “I’ve tried plenty of cases against Jack McMahon and he is a very good attorney,” she said. “And he used to be a district attorney. We’re not afraid.”

Some of McMahon’s better-known clients include Arturo Juarez, alleged leader of the Latin King gang and Rich Wise, one of the two men accused in the 1995 murder of Kimberly Ernst, known in the press as the Center City Jogger case. McMahon is a busy guy: on top of taking on the Gosnell case, he’s currently representing Gerald Ung, the former Temple Law student arrested in 2010 on suspicion of attempting to kill Ed DiDonato in an Old City shoot-out captured by Fox29 cameras.

In 1997, McMahon unsuccessfully challenged former D.A. Lynne Abraham for District Attorney. It was shortly after he announced his candidacy that controversial instructional videos that taught lawyers questionable techniques for gaming voir dire—the crucial process of selecting jurors—came to light.

“The blacks from the low-income areas are less likely to convict,” McMahon said in the video. “I understand it. It’s an understandable proposition. There’s a resentment for law enforcement. There’s a resentment for authority. And as a result, you don’t want those people on your jury.”

The tape led to McMahon being called a racist.

“In selecting blacks, you don’t want the real educated ones. This goes across the board. All races. You don’t want smart people. If you’re sitting down and you’re going to take blacks, you want older black men and women, particularly men. Older black men are very good.”

In April 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors could not legally strike blacks from juries on the basis of race.

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1. Nin said... on Feb 11, 2011 at 01:42PM

“I hope Gosnell fries in HELL!!!”

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2. Emmy said... on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:51PM

“I am saying that they should pass a bill about capital punishment, and they do so in the name of Gosnell. The name of the death penalty, shall be called "Snipping", and when Gosnell is sentenced, it should be death by
"snipping" , then they can overthrow this penalty.The things lawyers do for high profile cases is amazing....For the defense lawyer to say they are only allegations, tells you that he is in this case only for the fame and money..SNIP EM HIGH”

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3. Anonymous said... on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:18AM

“He should be made to sit in the medical examiners office and process the fetal remains correctly and write a letter of apology to the patients and infant he killed by breaking the law. He should also be forced to sell his assets in order to provide a proper burials for the remains”

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4. Anonymous said... on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:15PM

“I feel the dr is responsable to the fullest n should be penalized 4 all his horrible actions n his employees ad well he ois a disgrace to me n society”

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5. mb123 said... on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:31AM

“I think the State should be on trial as well, because they created a comfort zone for activities like this to happen. These people were comfortable breaking the rules.”

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6. George Murphy said... on May 13, 2013 at 06:49PM

“This lawyer is as guilty as his client!!!!!
He is Irish - I am sorry to admit - like the Kennedy's, also big abortion advocates.

What happened to their Catholic education.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Jun 18, 2013 at 03:10PM

“Jack McMahon is a bigger crook than all his clients, and a total phony. Now he is using the race card. McMahon made a video on how to pick jurors by race.



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