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Jury Assembled for Philly Abortion Doc's Trial

by Associated Press

    Dr. Kermit Gosnell (AP Photo)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Twelve jurors have now been selected for the capital murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies who prosecutors say were killed after late-stage abortions.
Gosnell has pleaded not guilty.

After more than a week of jury selection, a Philadelphia man became the last regular juror chosen March 12. But lawyers are still searching for six alternates since the trial could last two months.

Prosecutors say the 72-year-old Gosnell ran a rogue clinic that flouted health and safety laws governing abortions, anesthesia and the distribution of painkillers.

A 2011 grand jury report alleges that untrained staff performed complex medical duties before Gosnell came to the clinic each day.

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