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March 27, 1986 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
The abortion trial of Dr. Joseph L. Melnick was postponed today because he has cancer and recently suffered a heart attack. Common Pleas Judge Charles L. Durham agreed to delay the start of Melnick's trial after the Wynnewood physician's attorney, Richard A. Sprague, presented medical testimony in the judge's chambers. Melnick, 63, is awaiting trial on charges stemming from an abortion he performed at West Park Hospital on Sept. 12, 1984, on a 13-year-old girl who was eight months pregnant.
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May 9, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Joseph Melnick hasn't performed one abortion and has been living off his savings and Philadelphia city pension since Sept. 12, 1984, he testified in his own defense today. Melnick, 66, the Overbrook physician accused of allowing a nearly full-term infant to die after he performed an abortion on her 13-year-old mother, has maintained that the 3-pound, 9-ounce baby girl was stillborn. Cross-examined by Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes, Melnick said he resigned his position as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in 1987, but was still listed as an active staff member there.
NEWS
May 8, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
Saying the death certificate determination was not "proper," former Philadelphia Medical Examiner Dr. Marvin Aronson today backed up Dr. Joseph Melnick, the Overbrook physician accused of allowing a newborn infant to die. Microscopic slides of lung tissue showed that the baby, a nearly full-term infant that Melnick had aborted, was stillborn, Aronson testified today in Common Pleas Court. Dr. Halbert Fillinger, former assistant medical examiner, had concluded that the death of the baby girl on Sept.
NEWS
October 14, 1987 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Jury selection at the abortion trial of a Montgomery County physician has been postponed because a key defense witness is too ill to testify. Common Pleas Judge Albert F. Sabo has relisted Dr. Joseph L. Melnick's case for December. Melnick, 64, denies violating the law when he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl who was eight months' pregnant at West Park Hospital in Wynnefield in September 1985. The Wynnewood obstetrician and gynecologist is charged with violating two sections of the state's Abortion Control Act of 1983 - infanticide and intentionally, knowingly or recklessly aborting a viable fetus.
NEWS
December 19, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
A remorseful Dr. Joseph Melnick today was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and three years probation on his conviction for baby-killing under the state's abortion control law. But, to the delight of his attorney and family, the 66-year-old Overbrook gynecologist was neither sentenced to a prison term nor fined. "I think he (Melnick) has been chastened by this event, has paid a great monetary price and his reputation has suffered," said Common Pleas Judge Lynne M. Abraham in explaining why she didn't jail or fine Melnick.
NEWS
May 11, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Joseph Melnick, the Overbrook doctor charged with infanticide, said some of the information he put on official forms after the death of the fetus was done to satisfy several doctors and nurses who believed the baby was born alive. During his third day of testimony, Melnick, 66, was asked by Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes why he put down "respiratory arrest" as the cause of death on the death certificate if he believed the baby was stillborn. "Under the circumstances, and since I was instructed to fill out a death certificate, I think it would have been ludicrous to put down the cause of death as absence of a heartbeat," he replied.
NEWS
June 9, 1989 | By Linn Washington, Daily News Staff Writer
After listening to 13 weeks of often-complicated medical testimony, Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham will render her verdict Monday in the case of Dr. Joseph Melnick, the obstetrician accused of allowing an infant to die after he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl. Abraham, who is hearing the case without a jury, said yesterday that before she issued a verdict she wanted to complete her review of more than 6,200 pages of trial testimony, a task she said she was halfway through.
NEWS
May 5, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Joseph Melnick, the Overbrook gynecologist accused of infanticide, says he tried to persuade a 13-year-old pregnant girl and her mother to allow the girl to have the baby and either raise it or give it up for adoption. But, during testimony yesterday, Melnick, 66, said, "They were adamnant. They wanted the abortion. They did not want to (have the baby). " Melnick performed an abortion on the girl on Sept. 12, 1984, at Westpark (now Jefferson Park) Hospital. It yielded a 3-pound, 9-ounce infant girl, whom the prosecution contends was born alive but was permitted by Melnick to die. Earlier yesterday, a charge of performing an abortion after "viability" was dropped by Common Pleas Judge Lynne M. Abraham on a motion by Melnick's lawyer, Richard A. Sprague.
NEWS
May 26, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial involved an aging Philadelphia abortion doctor, a desperate and pregnant 13-year-old, and a baby born alive during an abortion and left to die. But this trial occurred 24 years before that of West Philadelphia's Kermit Gosnell, sentenced Wednesday to three consecutive life terms after a jury found that he murdered three babies born alive in illegal late-term abortions. It was Commonwealth v. Joseph L. Melnick , the first criminal prosecution under Pennsylvania's then-year-old Abortion Control Act. The Melnick case was the precursor for prosecuting Gosnell, 72, for what happened inside his Women's Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. It involved many of the same legal issues the Gosnell jury faced, such as determining whether an aborted fetus was alive and what an abortion doctor's duty of care was toward that newborn.
NEWS
May 10, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
The baby was born with a full head of hair and normal skin, and was almost five times larger than expected. And if Dr. Joseph Melnick, 66, the Overbrook doctor accused of infanticide, had known the fetus was that big he never would have performed the abortion. Melnick admitted yesterday on the witness stand that that is what he told an attending nurse shortly after the baby was delivered. Melnick, 66, is accused of allowing a nearly full-term infant to die after he performed an abortion on her 13-year-old mother.
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May 26, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial involved an aging Philadelphia abortion doctor, a desperate and pregnant 13-year-old, and a baby born alive during an abortion and left to die. But this trial occurred 24 years before that of West Philadelphia's Kermit Gosnell, sentenced Wednesday to three consecutive life terms after a jury found that he murdered three babies born alive in illegal late-term abortions. It was Commonwealth v. Joseph L. Melnick , the first criminal prosecution under Pennsylvania's then-year-old Abortion Control Act. The Melnick case was the precursor for prosecuting Gosnell, 72, for what happened inside his Women's Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. It involved many of the same legal issues the Gosnell jury faced, such as determining whether an aborted fetus was alive and what an abortion doctor's duty of care was toward that newborn.
SPORTS
November 6, 1997 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mary Melnick knows how to pick her spots. The West Chester field hockey player has scored only six goals this year, but five have been game-winners. Melnick's latest game-winner came last Friday in a 1-0 win over Massachusetts. It was her fifth deciding goal of the season and clinched the Atlantic Ten regular-season title. "She does that one or two times and, maybe, it's luck," West Chester coach Kathy Krannebitter said. "But at this point, you have to say she really steps it up. It takes a special person to do that.
NEWS
April 16, 1991 | By Idris M. Diaz, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Ralph Cipriano contributed to this article
Samuel Melnick, 78, a former associate director of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia and a tireless fighter for Jewish causes, died Saturday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. For more than three decades, Mr. Melnick headed the federation's fund- raising efforts. In an interview with the Jewish Exponent at the time of his retirement from the federation in 1978, Mr. Melnick estimated that he had raised more than $250 million since 1938. His work on behalf of Jewish causes took him to Israel more than 20 times and on many trips to Europe.
NEWS
December 19, 1989 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
A remorseful Dr. Joseph Melnick today was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and three years probation on his conviction for baby-killing under the state's abortion control law. But, to the delight of his attorney and family, the 66-year-old Overbrook gynecologist was neither sentenced to a prison term nor fined. "I think he (Melnick) has been chastened by this event, has paid a great monetary price and his reputation has suffered," said Common Pleas Judge Lynne M. Abraham in explaining why she didn't jail or fine Melnick.
NEWS
June 13, 1989 | By Linda Loyd and Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writers
Obstetrician Joseph L. Melnick was convicted yesterday of infanticide for failing to provide medical care to an infant girl born after he performed an elective abortion at eight months gestation. "You are guilty as charged of infanticide," Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne M. Abraham told Melnick. "You have been found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes charged. " Abraham, who heard 13 weeks of testimony in the nonjury trial, did not elaborate on her reasoning other than to say that she found the state's Abortion Control Act to be constitutional.
NEWS
June 13, 1989 | By Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
The first-ever conviction for baby-killing under the state's abortion control law yesterday has drawn cheers from anti-abortion activists but cautious responses from all sides about wider implications of the case. Dr. Joseph L. Melnick was labeled a "villain"' by one anti-abortion activist after he was convicted of infanticide in the case of a 13-year-old girl whose eight-month-old fetus was aborted in 1984. "I would say Melnick is the villain in the case," said Terri McNitt of the Pro-Life Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 12, 1989 | By Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
Overbrook gynecologist Joseph L. Melnick today was found guilty of infanticide in the death of a fetus during an abortion on a 13-year-old North Philadelphia girl. Common Pleas Judge Lynne M. Abraham, who heard the lengthy trial without a jury, returned the verdict this morning. She heard nine hours of closing arguments from opposing attorneys last week. Melnick, 66, who showed no reaction to the verdict, faces a maximum sentence of 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison. Abraham deferred sentence pending motions for a new trial, which she said she will hear on Sept.
NEWS
June 9, 1989 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
When obstetrician Joseph L. Melnick, after performing an abortion, was faced with a viable child instead of a dead fetus, he "stalled and stalled and stalled" in hopes that the infant would die, Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes told a Common Pleas Court judge yesterday. "The child was most assuredly in the worst possible situation for life and survival," said Foulkes. "Why didn't (Melnick) act, even if he was wrong? . . . He didn't act because he wanted to stall until the baby stopped moving.
NEWS
June 9, 1989 | By Linn Washington, Daily News Staff Writer
After listening to 13 weeks of often-complicated medical testimony, Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham will render her verdict Monday in the case of Dr. Joseph Melnick, the obstetrician accused of allowing an infant to die after he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl. Abraham, who is hearing the case without a jury, said yesterday that before she issued a verdict she wanted to complete her review of more than 6,200 pages of trial testimony, a task she said she was halfway through.
NEWS
June 8, 1989 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph L. Melnick, the obstetrician charged with withholding care from an aborted infant girl, "went into a state of paralysis" in the delivery room, Assistant District Attorney Andrea Foulkes argued yesterday. "This defendant had reason to evaluate what he saw in this baby in terms of life, not death," Foulkes said. Instead, she said "his priority" was to have the infant removed from the delivery room with no competent examination to determine whether the baby had a chance at survival.
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