Lawyer's illness delays Philly abortion trial

Lawyer's illness delays Philly abortion trial
FILE - In this March 8, 2010 file photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia. 2011 grand jury report on a busy west Philadelphia abortion clinic described patients being overmedicated, maimed and even killed during lax, long-unregulated procedures. But prosecutors say Dr. Kermit Gosnell also abused his low-paid staff, relying on untrained workers to anesthesize, prep and monitor patients before he arrived at night to perform surgery. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim, File)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A defense lawyer has fallen ill, causing a delay in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell.

The 72-year-old Gosnell is charged with killing a patient and seven babies.

The defense had been expected to start presenting its case Monday after five weeks of prosecution testimony.

The trial is now scheduled to resume Tuesday if defense lawyer Jack McMahon is back to work.

McMahon has argued that there were no live births at the clinic, and that the 41-year-old patient died of unforeseen complications in 2009.

The only co-defendant, unlicensed doctor Eileen O'Neill, is charged with racketeering and working without a license. Her lawyer says she worked under Gosnell's supervision.