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June 21, 2013 | By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - A jury of six women, five of them white and the other a minority, was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense. Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, 29, racially profiled the 17-year-old Martin as he walked back from a convenience store on a rainy night Feb. 26, 2012, wearing a dark hooded shirt. The race and ethnicity of the minority chosen for the jury was not immediately available.
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June 14, 2013 | By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - The six jurors and four alternates eventually picked to hear the second-degree murder case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be sequestered for the two to four weeks the trial will last, the judge presiding over the case said for the first time Thursday. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson told a potential juror on the fourth day of selection that all panelists will be kept isolated. During the first four days of jury selection, attorneys have asked potential jurors about the hardships they would face if they were kept away from their families during the trial.
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May 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury returns Monday to continue deliberating in the murder trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The jury of seven women and five men, which has deliberated for a total of about 51 hours since April 30, broke for the weekend at 1:30 p.m. Friday after telling court officials they were "drained. " The jurors seemed to spend much of the week tackling the murder charges against Gosnell, 72, who operated the Women's Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. from 1979 to 2010 when it was closed after a federal-state drug raid.
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April 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For five weeks, the jurors have heard one witness after another tell of beheaded babies, snipped spines, and a filthy clinic. They have seen color photos of aborted fetuses - some as old as seven months, others allegedly born breathing and moving - and sat just feet an array of aged equipment from the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell. Overcoming this pile of evidence may seem insurmountable, but that is the job defense attorney Jack McMahon begins Monday. At stake is his client's life.
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April 5, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A state Supreme Court decision overturning a 2011 law that permitted counties to abolish the post of jury commissioner, an elected position that oversees jury selection, has sown confusion ahead of the fall elections. The problem: Counties that had planned to abolish the posts after the current commissioners' terms expired this year found they had no candidates filed to run for the suddenly available positions. With many counties now relying heavily on computers to manage jury selection, the legislature two years ago gave local jurisdictions the option of doing away with the position.
NEWS
March 14, 2013
A panel of 12 jurors - seven women and five men - has been selected for the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. A man selected Tuesday and a woman picked Monday filled out the 12 members needed for the basic Common Pleas Court jury. But prosecution and defense lawyers and Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart will continue the selection process begun March 4 until they get six alternate jurors for a trial estimated to last up to eight weeks. Minehart said he hopes to begin testimony Monday.
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March 14, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After seven days of asking hundreds of potential jurors about abortion, the death penalty, and other issues, lawyers picked a jury Wednesday for the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. "That's it, we're going with five alternates," Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart said as the fifth alternate juror also proved to be the last prospect in the jury pool. Minehart said testimony would begin Monday. What time Monday is another question, as the judge and lawyers planned for trial security.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | Associated Press
JURY SELECTION continued Monday in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider charged with killing a woman and seven babies. Kermit Gosnell is charged with running a rogue clinic in West Philadelphia and letting untrained staff perform late-stage abortions. The trial is expected to start this week and last nearly two months. Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart is seeking six alternate jurors in addition to the 12 regular jurors. Ten jurors were chosen last week. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the infant deaths.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Two more jurors were picked Thursday for the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, bringing to 10 the total selected since Monday. One male juror selected Wednesday had to withdraw for financial reasons but the lawyers and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart then picked two more, a man and woman. Minehart said jury selection would resume Monday and that he hoped to begin testimony Wednesday. - Joseph A. Slobodzian
NEWS
March 5, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2010, a federal-state task force raided a rambling three-story building in West Philadelphia suspected as the source of prescription narcotics flooding the streets. The agents who went into the Women's Medical Society at 3801 Lancaster Ave. found what they were looking for - and much more. Inside were boxes of medical waste, preserved fetuses, infant feet in specimen jars, and filthy medical equipment - what prosecutors allege was evidence of Kermit Gosnell's booming abortion clinic, where late-term pregnancies were illegally and murderously ended.
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