Three jurors picked in abortion doctor's trial Boy dies after school fight
PHILADELPHIA -- Three women were chosen as jurors on Monday for the trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider charged with killing a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with third-degree murder in a woman's 2009 death during a botched abortion. He also faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the newborns' deaths.
Jury selection is expected to take a week, given the sensitivity of the abortion issue and the death penalty.
The three jurors chosen Monday said they support abortion rights and could judge the case fairly. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart was quick to dismiss scores of potential jurors who said their religious or moral beliefs might color their view of the case.
Gosnell has pleaded not guilty, and insists that he helped many vulnerable women and teens get medical care, including later-stage abortions. Pennsylvania abortion laws ban abortions after 24 weeks. Authorities believe at least some of the abortions performed at Gosnell's clinic involved third-trimester pregnancies.
GLENOLDEN -- A suburban Philadelphia school district is making extra counselors available to students a day after a sixth-grader was taken off life support following injuries suffered in a fight.
Family members say Bailey O'Neill died Sunday morning, a day after he turned 12. The sixth-grader suffered a concussion, broken nose and other injuries in a fight at Darby Township School on Jan. 10. Doctors later put him in a medically induced coma after he began having seizures.
Southeast Delco School District Superintendent Stephen D. Butz said the school sends its condolences to the boy's friends and family.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan is investigating.
From our wire services