Mark Houck Trial Update: Alternate Chosen to Replace Juror
Defense lawyers for Houck could not comment on the reason for the replacement.
One of the 12 jurors deciding the fate of the pro-life father of seven Mark Houck in Philadelphia federal court has been replaced by an alternate.
The alternate took the place of the original juror at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, when deliberations began again. Defense lawyers for Houck could not comment on the reason for the replacement.
The jury began deliberations on the case on Friday but said they were “deadlocked” and would not come to a decision that night.
Many of Houck’s family members were present in the courtroom Monday and were praying the rosary together. There was a notable media presence as well.
Houck, 48, is charged with two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, better known as the FACE Act.
The allegations in the case relate to two incidents that occurred at a Philadelphia abortion clinic on Oct. 13, 2021. The federal indictment alleges that Houck twice shoved an abortion clinic escort, Bruce Love, once when Love was attempting to escort clients and again during a verbal altercation with Love in front of the clinic.
The FACE Act prohibits “violent, threatening, damaging, and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or interfere with the right to seek, obtain, or provide reproductive health services.”
The prosecution has argued that Houck pushed Love because he was trying to interfere with Love’s provision of reproductive health services.
Houck has maintained that Love was harassing his son, and he pushed Love in order to protect the boy.
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