Coverage of the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

Judge Removes Lawyer of Abortion Doc’s Wife

Pearl Gosnell’s attempt to get her bail lowered Friday also failed

By Teresa Masterson
|  Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:27 PM EDT
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Pearl Gosnell, 49, of Philadelphia is the wife of Kermit Gosnell, and is accused of performing illegal abortions at the clinic. She is charged with abortion at 24 or more weeks, conspiracy, and other charges.

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A judge has removed a lawyer defending the wife of a Philadelphia abortion doctor in a high-profile murder and conspiracy case, though the client wanted to keep her.

Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner said Friday that Mary Maran can't represent Pearl Gosnell because a lawyer in her firm represents Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The doctor is charged with killing a patient and seven viable babies.

Pearl Gosnell is charged with helping perform illegal late-term abortions. She cried in court after hearing she must get a new lawyer.

The judge says Maran violated an order to build a firewall in the husband-and-wife defense when she visited the doctor in prison.

Maran says they only discussed the couple's tangled finances with respect to her legal fees.

Pearl Gosnell was trying to get her $1 million bail reduced in the Friday hearing, but the judge put the issue off until March 30 when all 10 defendant’s in the Gosnell case will have a pretrial hearing.

Kermit Gosnell, 70, allegedly performed late-term abortions in which he induced labor and then cut the spinal cords of the live babies born with surgical scissors.

Both Gosnells remain jailed.

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