Archive for the 'assisted suicide' Category

NHS chiefs back calls to reform assisted suicide law – Daily Telegraph

“One of England’s largest health authorities has said it is not opposed to assisted suicide and called for a change in the law to give patients more ‘choice’ over how they die.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Mercy killing’ husband George Webb freed from prison – The Guardian

“Appeal judges overturn the custodial sentence for the manslaughter of his ill wife in favour of a suspended term.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The law on mercy killing is badly in need of an overhaul – Daily Telegraph

“The mandatory life sentence for murder is unknown in other countries and distorts the law.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Assisted dying inquiry will be fair, Falconer vows – The Guardian

“An inquiry into assisted dying in the UK will be objective and dispassionate, its chair, the former lord chancellor Lord Falconer, promised as it was launched today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Disabled will suffer from assisted dying law, claim critics of new inquiry – Daily Telegraph

“Vulnerable elderly and disabled people will feel pressured to end their lives if the law on assisted dying is relaxed, disability campaigners have claimed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Assisted suicide law to be reviewed by Lords – The Guardian

“Lord Falconer, the former lord chancellor, is to chair a commission that will question whether or not relatives should be able to apply to a judge for permission to assist a loved one to commit suicide.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Thinktank warns against legalising assisted suicide – The Guardian

“The old, ill, mute and frail will be deemed expendable if assisted suicide is legalised, a thinktank says today. Society’s most vulnerable risk being bullied into an early death by greedy or uncaring relatives or bureaucrats, according to a study published by the Centre for Policy Studies.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No charges following death of Caroline Loder – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that charges will not be brought against Dr Elisabeth Wilson and two individuals following the death of Caroline Loder at her home in Surrey on 8 June 2009.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th August 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No prosecutions in Caroline Loder MS death probe – BBC news

“Three people arrested over the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer will not face prosecution, it has emerged.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal assisted suicide creates ‘slippery slope’ to doctors killing without consent, expert claims – Daily Telegraph

“Prof David Jones said that if society agrees that it is in some people’s interests for them to end their own lives, it is difficult to resist the logical conclusion that others should be helped to die even if they have not made such a request.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

No charges following death of Raymond Cutkelvin – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today said that while there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Alan Cutkelvin Rees and Dr Michael Irwin in relation to the death of Raymond Cutkelvin at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland in February 2007, such a prosecution would not be in the public interest and no further action should be taken against them.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No prosecution for right-to-die doctor – BBC News

“A former GP and right-to-die campaigner who took a man to a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland will not be prosecuted.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man who helped wife commit suicide will not be prosecuted – Daily Telegraph

“An IT consultant who helped his wife commit suicide to escape decades of chronic pain will not face charges because he was ‘wholly motivated by compassion’, the Crown Prosecution Service announced yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

No charges following deaths of Sir Edward and Lady Downes – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that, while there is sufficient evidence to charge Caractacus Downes with an offence of assisting the suicide of his parents, Sir Edward and Lady Joan Downes, it is not in the public interest to do so.”

Full ress release

Crown Prosecution Service, 19th March 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Leading article: Clarity in the law is not always for the best – The Independent

“Tidying things up can make them worse. That is the worry about Keir Starmer’s valiant attempt yesterday to clarify the law on assisted suicide. The Director of Public Prosecutions had no choice, of course. His hand was forced by the House of Lords, following Debbie Purdy’s historic legal victory in winning the right to determine the timing and manner of her own death.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Q&A: Assisted suicide – The Guardian

“David Batty examines the legal issues of the updated guidelines.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Assisted suicide: law to be decriminalised ‘by back door’ from next week – Daily Telegraph

“Assisted suicide will be effectively decriminalised by the back door in landmark guidance to be published next week.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th February 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS to issue full guidance on assisted suicide cases – The Independent

“Full guidance on when prosecutions should be brought for assisting suicide will be published next week, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 17th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Assisted suicide – for and against – BBC News

“Calls for a change in the law on assisted suicide in England and Wales have reignited the debate on whether the terminally ill should have the right to be helped to die. But who wants what?”

Full story

BBC News, 1st February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Guardian Daily: Assisted suicide and the law – The Guardian

“Earlier this month, Frances Inglis was jailed for nine years for murder after injecting her brain-damaged son Thomas, 22, with a lethal dose of heroin. Just days later, Kay Gilderdale pleaded guilty to assisting suicide but was acquitted of murdering her daughter Lynn, 31, an ME sufferer whom she’d given morphine. Legal affairs correspondent Afua Hirsch explains the difference between these two cases.”

Podcast

The Guardian, 29th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Questions about the decision to prosecute Kay Gilderdale – Crown Prosecution Service

“A question has arisen as to whether it was in the public interest for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to have prosecuted Kay Gilderdale for attempted murder.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 26th January 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Royal College of Physicians warns that proposed guidance could ‘open door’ to doctor-assisted suicide – Daily Telegraph

“In a strongly-worded submission to the Crown Prosecution Service, England’s oldest medical institution says that any clinician suspected of helping someone die should be investigated by police. It also warns that the draft clarification of the Suicide Act will mean doctors are ‘coerced’ into speculating on how long a patient has to live, so that their loved ones are able to escape prosecution for assisted suicide by claiming they were terminally ill.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Devoted mother’ on trial for helping daughter die – The Guardian

“A ‘devoted mother’ who discovered her desperately ill daughter in the midst of a suicide attempt spent 28 hours administering a cocktail of lethal drugs to her after failing to convince her to go on living, a court heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Assisted suicide: disabled campaigner in 11th hour court challenge – Daily Telegraph

“Alison Davis claims that a legal ruling that forced the change was unsound, alleging the ‘apparent bias’ of one of the judges, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, now the Supreme Court’s president, who later expressed strong personal views on the subject in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

College of Law Inside Track Podcast: Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions – Charon QC

“I talk to Keir Starmer QC the Director of Public Prosecutions about the role of the DPP, the recently issued guidelines on assisted suicide, the future of the Public Prosecution Service, the relationship with the independent Bar and opportunities for students and qualified lawyers in the service.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 23rd November 2009

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Bishops: legal rules could prevent repeat of Kerrie Wooltorton ‘living will’ suicide – Daily Telegraph

“Doctors who allow suicidal patients to die because they have written a ‘living will’ could be breaking Government guidelines, Roman Catholic bishops claim.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Living wills law could be ‘revisited’ after Kerrie Wooltorton suicide case – Andy Burnham – Daily Telegraph

“The law on ‘living wills’ could be reviewed after a young woman used one to commit suicide, Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, has said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 4th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Suicide advice websites face prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“Internet campaigners whose advice on how to take your own life is used in an assisted suicide face possible prosecution, according to the new guidance published yesterday.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Assisted suicide guide is a blend of protection and compassion – The Times

“Keir Starmer has made the best of a difficult job. First, as widely trailed, he has decided that his assisted suicide guidelines must apply to England and Wales as well as to behaviour abroad. This is surely right: there is no moral difference between an act committed in Geneva and its replica in Hull.”

Full story

The Times, 24th September 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

DPP publishes interim policy on prosecuting assisted suicide – Crown Prosecution Service

“Launching his interim policy on prosecuting cases of assisted suicide today, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, called for public participation in a 12-week consultation on the factors he has identified which will be taken into account when considering whether prosecutions will be brought for this offence.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Families may face assisted suicide charges, says DPP Keir Starmer – Daily Telegraph

“Family members who help loved ones to commit suicide when they are not suffering from a terminal illness are more likely to be prosecuted, Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, has suggested.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Debbie Purdy’s husband helping her die – BBC News

“The publication of guidance on when prosecutions should be brought in assisted suicide cases represents a victory for multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Assisted suicide guidelines published on helping family end their lives – Daily Telegraph

“Guidelines will be published clarifying whether people in England and Wales are likely to be prosecuted if they help relatives or friends commit suicide.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Guidance for relatives in assisted suicide cases to be revealed – The Guardian

“People who wish to die through assisted suicide will this week have guidance for the first time on whether their partners, relatives or friends risk being prosecuted.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Son jailed after ward gun suicide – BBC News

“A man who gave his father a gun in hospital so that he could shoot himself has been jailed for three years.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

A matter of life or death – BBC News

“It is not just friends and family who want clarity about potential criminal prosecutions for helping someone travel abroad for an assisted suicide – doctors too may face criminal proceedings for offering advice or assistance under the current law.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Human rights: clarifying the law on assisted suicide – Law Society’s Gazette

“There are several remarkable features about the case of Debbie Purdy. For one, the case started with judicial review proceedings in April 2008, concluding with the House of Lords judgment on 30 July 2009 – less than 15 months later.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 20th August 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Suicide guidance will apply to UK – BBC News

“Guidelines on assisted suicide will apply in the UK as well as overseas, the Director of Public Prosecutions has confirmed.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government may allow Commons time to hear assisted dying bill – The Guardian

“The government is to consider giving time for a bill to allow assisted dying if the director of public prosecutions fails to come up with clearer advice on when it is legal or illegal to help someone to die.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd August 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children intervening) – WLR Daily

R (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children intervening) [2009] UKHL 45; [2009] WLR (D) 271

“The Director of Public Prosecutions should be required to promulgate a policy identifying the facts and circumstances to be considered in exercising his discretion under s 2(4) of the Suicide Act 1961 whether to prosecute a person such as the claimant’s husband for aiding and abetting an assisted suicide abroad.”

WLR Daily, 31st July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Assisted suicide: Whose life is it anyway? – The Times

“Debbie Purdy was ‘ecstatic’. It was a strange reaction to the news that it had suddenly become easier to be killed in Zurich. But the real reason for her elation was that the news also meant it might soon become easier to be killed in Britain.”

Full story

The Times, 2nd August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Purdy: ‘Now let me die in Britain’ – The Independent

“Pressure mounts for assisted suicide to be allowed on the NHS after MS sufferer’s landmark legal victory.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Guidelines on assisted suicide ‘heading for challenge in the courts’ – The Times

“A former Lord Chancellor has warned that new guidelines on assisted suicide will expose the Director of Public Prosecutions to challenge in the courts.”

Full story

The Times, 1st August 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Decision day for assisted suicide law – The Guardian

“A groundbreaking change in the law on assisted suicides could become inevitable tomorrow when the UK’s highest court delivers its judgment in the case of Debbie Purdy, whose long legal fight has put her at the centre of the controversy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawcast 152: Lord Falconer on assisted dying and the new Supreme Court of the United Kingdom – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Lord Falconer, a former Lord Chancellor, about two important and interesting themes – assisted dying and his amendment to the Suicide Act defeated in the Lords recently and secondly his thoughts on the reasoning behind establishing a new Supreme Court and the direction it may, in time, take.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 28th July 2009

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Amendment to relax law on assisted dying is thrown out by peers – The Times

“A move to relax the law on assisted dying was thrown out by the Lords on Tuesday night. Peers voted by 194 to141 to reject a proposal to allow people to help someone with a terminal illness travel to a country where assisted suicide is legal.”

Full story

The Times, 8th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

House of Lords to vote on right to die issue – The Guardian

“Former cabinet ministers, senior lawyers and a prominent campaigner for older people will today try to lift the threat of imprisonment hanging over relatives accompanying loved ones who go abroad to kill themselves.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Suicide is legal, helping someone to die is not. Must the law be changed? – The Independent

“Debbie Purdy and Michael Wenham, both living with terminal illnesses, put their opposing views ahead of this week’s Lords debate.”

Full story

The Independent, 28th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Man who helped partner die calls for assisted suicide law change – The Guardian

“A British man has called for a change in the law on assisted suicides after revealing how he helped his partner end his life, by travelling with him to a controversial suicide clinic in Switzerland.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

A more civilised approach to suicide – The Times

“Under current law if you accompany a terminally ill relative to a clinic, knowing they are going there to be assisted in ending their own life, you are committing a crime. The Suicide Act 1961, now almost half a century old, makes this clear when it says that it is unlawful to “aid, abet, counsel or procure” the suicide of another person.”

Full story

The Times, 3rd June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Woman set for suicide appeal bid – BBC News

“A woman with multiple sclerosis is urging the House of Lords to clarify the law on assisted suicide.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lord Falconer backs suicide reform – The Times

“Lord Falconer, the former cabinet minister, has backed a campaign to provide legal protection to people who travel abroad to help terminally ill relatives commit suicide.”

Full story

The Times, 31st May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Gordon Brown signals his opposition to assisted suicide – The Guardian

“Prime minister would not support proposal backed by more than 100 MPs to allow families to help terminally ill relatives to die.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No inquiry into couple’s assisted suicide – The Guardian

“Police are not investigating the deaths of the husband and wife who became the first terminally ill British couple to be helped to die together in Switzerland, it emerged yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th March 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions – Times Law Reports

Regina (Purdy) v Director of Public Prosecutions

Court of Appeal

“The refusal by the Director of Public Prosecutions to publish detailed guidance as to the circumstances in which individuals would or would not be prosecuted for assisting another person to commit suicide was lawful.”

The Times, 24th February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.


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