Death penalty mulled in Philadelphia abortion doctor case

    Today is the formal arraignment for the abortion doctor charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven newborns.

    Prosecutors plan to file formal notice today that they are considering seeking the death penalty.

    Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams, says filing the notice does not necessarily mean that capital punishment will be sought if Dr. Kermit Gosnell is convicted. But she said prosecutors are required to give such notice at a formal arraignment or a death sentence cannot be sought.

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