EARLIER: Trial in penis amputation case moved to August

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Judge cited tainted jury pool for postponement

By Lisa King

A jury trial in Shelby Circuit Court involving the case of a Shelby County man who said his penis was amputated without his consent has been rescheduled for August.

Circuit Judge Charles Hickman set jury selection for Aug. 19 and opening arguments for Aug. 22 in the trial of Waddy resident Phillip Seaton, who is suing the surgeon who in 2008 amputated his penis.

Hickman had postponed the original trial on Jan. 10 because of a concern that a newspaper article published a few days earlier could have influenced the jury.

Seaton and his wife, Deborah, are suing  Dr. John Patterson, because they claim Patterson unnecessarily amputated Seaton’s penis.

The procedure, performed at Jewish Hospital, was to have been a simple circumcision, but Patterson said in court documents that he removed Seaton’s penis because he found cancer in the organ.

The hospital was initially named in the suit, but it settled with Seaton before the case went to trial. No terms have been disclosed.

The Seatons said they could not comment on the case and referred all questions to their attorney, Kevin George of Louisville, who also declined to comment.

Neither Patterson nor his attorney, Clay Robinson,  has commented.