Sunday, March 21, 2010

UK Assisted Suicide Laws - What a Joke

Gee, let's see - it's still illegal and punishable under UK law to aid and abet suicide. However, after the full-court press of Debbie Purdy, forcing the Director of Public Prosecution to issue a mealy-mothed "clarification" that essentially makes it easier to aid and abet suicide, that same Director of Public prosecution had no option, in the case of a son who took his parents to Dignitas in  Switzerland to die, to assure said son that he won't be prosecuted under the UK law. Not because what the son did wasn't illegal, it's because punishment for breaking this law is "not in the public interest." Can general lawlessness be far behind???
No charges for son over conductor's Swiss suicide
LONDON -- British prosecutors said Friday that they will not charge the son of conductor Edward Downes and his wife with assisting the couple's suicides at a Swiss clinic last year.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said it was not in the public interest to prosecute Caractacus Downes, who traveled to Zurich with his parents and booked them a hotel room. more

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