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Lawyer's illness delays Philly abortion trial

Monday - 4/22/2013, 1:10pm  ET

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This undated photo released by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office shows Karnamaya Mongar, left, and her husband, Mr. Mongar, no first name given. Karnamaya Mongar survived 20 years in a refugee camp after fleeing war-torn Bhutan, but died months after arriving in the U.S. in 2009 and seeking an abortion. Mongar, 41, is the subject of one of eight murder counts in the ongoing Philadelphia trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell, an abortion provider, is also charged with killing seven babies allegedly born alive. (AP Photo/Philadelphia District Attorney)
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MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A defense lawyer has fallen ill, causing a delay in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.

The 72-year-old Gosnell is charged with killing a patient and seven babies.

The defense had been expected to start presenting its case Monday after five weeks of prosecution testimony.

The trial is now scheduled to resume Tuesday if defense lawyer Jack McMahon is back to work.

McMahon has argued that there were no live births at the clinic, and that the 41-year-old patient died of unforeseen complications in 2009.

The only co-defendant, unlicensed doctor Eileen O'Neill, is charged with racketeering and working without a license. Her lawyer says she worked under Gosnell's supervision.


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