Prosecutors will have the opportunity today to crossexamine a Valley abortion doctor on trial for allegedly groping and assaulting 35 of his patients.
Dr. Brian Finkel spent his third day on the stand Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court under questioning of his attorney, going over the medical charts of his accusers.
By doing so, Finkel was able to address specific points of testimony of each accuser, show that he didn’t examine them without an attendant present and show that none complained to him or his staff about being touched inappropriately.
Combing over the records also provided a snapshot of the lifestyles of the women who went to Finkel, some of whom had as many as four abortions and one who had three by age 19. Women who chose abortions for "socioeconomic" reasons and who had unsupportive or abusive men in their lives were common.
Finkel, who is indicted on 66 counts of sexual abuse and sexual assault, said he remembered just a few of the women.
One was a Scottsdale woman who was the first to testify nine weeks ago. He denied her allegation that he fondled her breasts while she was waking up after the abortion, but he admitted to hugging the woman just before the surgery.
Finkel said she had an adverse reaction to a sedative and became agitated, demanding that her boyfriend be allowed in the operating room to give her a hug.
"I said, ‘Look, if I gave you a hug, will you let me do your abortion?’ " Finkel said.
Finkel’s attorney, Richard Gierloff, said he expects to wrap up the direct examination early today.