Judge Tosses 3 Murder Charges Vs. Abortion Doc

But there are still plenty of others facing Kermit Gosnell

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2013 12:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Philadelphia judge has thrown out many of the charges facing Kermit Gosnell, including three first-degree murder counts, NBC Philadelphia reports. The judge also put the kibosh on five counts of abuse of a corpse and one of infanticide. The 72-year-old is hardly home free, however; he still faces four more counts of first-degree murder for babies allegedly born alive and then killed, and one of third-degree murder for the death of a 41-year-old patient. The judge didn't immediately explain his rationale in dropping the charges, the AP reports.

In this March 8, 2010 photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia.
In this March 8, 2010 photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
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