Jurors reach verdict in Tiller abortion case

WICHITA | The jury has reached a verdict in the case of one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers accused of violating the Kansas law on the procedure.

The verdict is expected to be announced soon in the trial of George Tiller, who faces 19 misdemeanor charges stemming from some abortions he performed at his Wichita clinic in 2003. He is accused of breaking a state law requiring that two Kansas physicians without legal or financial ties sign off on any late-term procedure.

Physician Ann Kristin Neuhaus provided second opinions on late-term abortions before Tiller performed them. Prosecutors contend they had an illegal financial affiliation.

In closing arguments Friday, prosecutors pointed to Tiller's journal about a 1999 conversation between the doctors over Neuhaus' fee as the "smoking gun" in their case.