Jury picked in abortion provider's trial

WICHITA | Jury selection in the Kansas case of one of the nation’s few late-term abortion providers ended today after three days with a panel evenly split along the sexes.

A jury of six with two alternates was chosen in the case of physician George Tiller, who is accused of violating the state’s late-term abortion law. The alternates will not be designated until the end of trial testimony.

Tiller is charged with 19 misdemeanors alleging he failed to obtain a second opinion for late-term abortions from an independent physician, as required by Kansas law.

If convicted, the Wichita doctor could face a year in jail or a fine of $2,500 for each misdemeanor charge.