A new trial is warranted for a case in which a Philadelphia judge did not permit plaintiffs counsel to voir dire prospective jurors as to their knowledge of the medical malpractice crisis issue, an en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled in a 6-3 decision.

Reversing Judge Mary D. Colins, the majority in Capoferri v. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia noted the substantial media coverage of the so-called med-mal crisis when the trial in that case got under way in late 2003.

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