Abortion Practitioner Finkel Takes the Stand Again in Abuse Trial

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Practitioner Finkel Takes the Stand Again in Abuse Trial

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 25, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion practitioner Brian Finkel is viewed by most as outspoken, obnoxious and often crude. That’s why some find it surprising that not only would his defense attorney allow him to take the stand, but also that Finkel would retain his composure for the most part during cross-examination.

Yet that’s what happened this week during Finkel’s trial on more than 60 charges of physical abuse filed by 35 women who have had exams or abortions performed on them over the years.

Finkel testified throughout the day on Thursday, closing out an entire week with him on the stand.

Jurors had the ability to submit questions to be asked of Finkel and about 30 were turned in to Judge Jeffrey Cates. He will confer with attorneys on both sides to determine which ones are appropriate.

Those questions may be asked on Monday and closing arguments in the trial are expected on Monday or Tuesday.

Cates also has yet to rule on a motion filed by the defense requesting that some of the 67 abuse charges be thrown out.

Finkel has remained calm on the stand, though he grew angry when prosecutors asked him whether he had ever kissed a patient.

He also said he had no memory of the many accusations women made that he made lewd comments or touched their private parts inappropriately.