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
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)

(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. (Read more Kermit Gosnell stories.)

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