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Lawyers Seek Contempt in Abortion Murder Case

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Lawyers for a Utah abortion doctor charged with murder in connection with a botched procedure in Maryland are asking a judge to unseal the indictment in the case and to hold prosecutors and police in contempt for disclosing its contents.

Dr. Nicola Riley was arrested Dec. 28 on a warrant and has been held without bond in Salt Lake City, Utah, ever since. Authorities in Cecil County, Md., say the murder charges are related to a botched 2010 abortion in which a patient suffered serious injuries.

Riley’s colleague, Dr. Steven Brigham of Voorhees, N.J., faces multiple murder charges and is jailed in New Jersey.

Riley’s attorneys argue in court papers filed Thursday that Cecil County State’s Attorney Ellis Rollins and Elkton Police Chief William Ryan should be held in contempt.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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