Right-to-die man awaits court ruling – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, human rights, medical ethics, necessity, news by sally

“The Court of Appeal is due to rule on the case of a paralysed man who wants to be helped to die.”

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BBC News, 31st July 2013

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Moors murderer Ian Brady appears in public at ‘right-to-die’ hearing – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2013 in assisted suicide, mental health, news, prisons, tribunals by sally

“Moors murderer Ian Brady began a legal attempt to prove that he is sane in the hope that he will be discharged from the secure psychiatric hospital where he is incarcerated and sent to a high security jail so he can starve himself to death.”

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The Guardian, 17th June 2013

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‘Death contracts’ could give terminally ill the right to die – The Independent

Posted May 17th, 2013 in assisted suicide, bills, news by sally

“Terminally ill people could sign a ‘death contract’ allowing doctors to help them end their lives under new legal proposals.”

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The Independent, 16th May 2013

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Assisted suicide should be regulated by courts, senior judges told – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2013 in assisted suicide, bills, defences, news by sally

“Courts should be able to regulate individual requests for assisted suicide without reference to parliament, senior judges have been told.”

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The Guardian, 13th May 2013

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Peers clash over right-to-die ‘spin’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 13th, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, barristers, bills, doctors, euthanasia, murder, news by tracey

“Lord Carlile of Berriew QC said that plans due to be put before Parliament by
Lord Falconer on Wednesday to allow doctors to help terminally ill people to die
would not ‘pass the public safety test’. Lord Carlile makes his warning, in an
article in today’s Sunday Telegraph, as the biggest combined assault on
Britain’s ban on euthanasia for a generation is about to be instigated.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th May 2013

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The dilemma of assisted suicide – CrimeLine

Posted May 8th, 2013 in assisted suicide, news by sally

“The controversy of mercy killing is unresolved. It is capable of being either an act of compassion or that of unconscionable self interest. The law recognises no difference between these motivations. Despite challenges from Diane Pretty and Debbie Purdy, mercy killing remains an offence in the UK. Assisting a person to commit suicide is an offence under the Suicide Act 1961. Killing a person not capable of committing suicide even at their request is murder or manslaughter. It is no defence to say that the best interests of the victim were served. While the DPP have been forced to publicise their policy upon which factors will be considered when a prosecution is contemplated that goes only to the public interest in any prosecution. The law recognises no offence or defence, full or partial, of mercy killing.”

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CrimeLine, 29th April 2013

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Lord Falconer to press on assisted dying law – BBC News

“Parliament is to be asked to consider the case for legalising assisted dying for terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live.”

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BBC News, 7th May 2013

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Paralysed builder to carry on Tony Nicklinson’s right-to-die battle – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, disabled persons, human rights, news by sally

“A paralysed builder who has required round-the-clock care since a car accident 23 years ago has applied to the high court to be allowed to die with the help of a doctor, carrying on the legal fight begun by another seriously disabled man last year.”

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The Guardian, 18th April 2013

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Paralysed man to continue right-to-die battle – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2013 in assisted suicide, disabled persons, human rights, news by sally

“A paralysed road accident victim has won the right to continue the right-to-die campaign started by locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, who died last year.”

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The Guardian, 13th March 2013

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Assisted suicide: GMC signals doctors safe to provide medical records to Dignitas patients – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2013 in assisted suicide, doctors, medical records, news, professional conduct by tracey

“Doctors will be able to provide medical records to patients who want them to
travel abroad for an assisted suicide without being struck off, new guidelines
make clear for the first time.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2013

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Nicklinson posthumous right-to-die appeal – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 11th, 2013 in appeals, assisted suicide, murder, news by tracey

“A widow has been granted leave to continue her late husband’s challenge to the existing law on murder and assisted suicide.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th January 2013

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End of life – where are we now? – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted October 30th, 2012 in assisted suicide, children, euthanasia, mental health, news by sally

“Since the multitude of reflections provoked by the case of W v M and others [2011] EWHC 2443 (CoP) at the end of last year, there have been yet more difficult end of life decisions for the Courts this year. The tension between concepts of autonomy and dignity on the one hand, and respect for the sanctity of life and the duty to take steps to preserve it on the other, remain real and not easily resolved.”

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, 24th October 2012

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Dignity, Death and Deprivation of Liberty: Human Rights in the Court of Protection – The Guardian

Posted October 18th, 2012 in assisted suicide, Court of Protection, euthanasia, human rights, news by sally

“Wednesday’s debate on current key topics in the Court of Protection was a hard-hitting discussion on matters which elicit strong views, such as voluntary euthanasia, assisted suicide, the role of ‘dignity’ and ‘sanctity of life’, and whether the latter two principles can ever be reconciled.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2012

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Tony Nicklinson right-to-die refused Court of Appeal hearing – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in appeals, assisted suicide, news by sally

“High Court judges have refused permission for the case of a man who fought for the right to die to go to the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 2nd October 2012

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Tony Nicklinson and the right-to-die debate: the questions that still need answering – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 25th, 2012 in assisted suicide, disability discrimination, euthanasia, news by sally

“The ruling in the recent case brought by the late Tony Nicklinson and another man, known only as ‘Martin’, who both had ‘locked-in’ syndrome, before the High Court ([2012] EWHC 2381 (Admin)), has raised many complicated questions about death in our society. The most difficult of these questions has been to what extent it is for an individual to decide that they wish their life to be ended. The particular complexity in this specific case was that, as both men had ‘locked-in’ syndrome, they were physically incapable of committing suicide, even with the assistance of another person (a situation which no longer carries automatic prosecution under guidelines issued recently by the DPP; Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide, February 2010,).”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 24th September 2012

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Man with locked-in syndrome prepares to appeal for right to assisted death – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2012 in appeals, assisted suicide, euthanasia, news, prosecutions by sally

“Lawyers for a man with locked-in syndrome, who says his life is intolerable and wants help to die, are to take his case to the appeal court within weeks and are then prepared to go to the highest court in the land, the supreme court, if necessary.”

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The Guardian, 20th September 2012

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Tony Nicklinson’s widow appeals over right-to-die ruling – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2012 in appeals, assisted suicide, euthanasia, news by tracey

“The wife of Tony Nicklinson, a man with locked-in syndrome who died a week after losing a legal bid to end his life, is to appeal against the ruling.”

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BBC News, 7th September 21012

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Tony Nicklinson’s family back call to carry on legal fight with new claimant – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2012 in assisted suicide, euthanasia, evidence, news, public interest, Supreme Court by tracey

“Lawyers of man with locked-in syndrome who died after losing legal bid to end his life say much of their evidence was not heard.”

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The Guardian, 1st September 2012

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“No precedent? Then set one!” – Nicklinson right to die case – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 21st, 2012 in assisted suicide, defences, euthanasia, human rights, murder, news, precedent by sally

“This is Richard Dawkin’s battle cry in response to the recent High Court rejection of the challenge by locked-in sufferers to the murder and manslaughter laws in this country that have condemned them to an unknowable future of suffering.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th August 2012

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Regina (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice (Attorney General and another intervening); Regina (AM) v Director of Public Prosecutions and others (Same intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted August 20th, 2012 in assisted suicide, EC law, euthanasia, human rights, law reports, murder, necessity by sally

Regina (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice (Attorney General and another intervening); Regina (AM) v Director of Public Prosecutions and others (Same intervening) [2012] EWHC 2381 (Admin); [2012] WLR (D) 248

“The court should not depart from the long established position that voluntary euthanasia was murder unless article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms required that it be recognised as a possible defence to a murder charge under the doctrine of necessity, which was not the case.”

WLR Daily, 16th August 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk