Archive for the 'euthanasia' Category

Suicide drugs could be made available over the counter if euthanasia laws are changed – Daily Telegraph

“Suicide drugs could be made available from pharmacists if assisted dying was legalised, two of Britain’s most highly-regarded legal and medical experts have claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 5th May 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother seeks to let daughter with brain damage die – Daily Telegraph

“The mother of a brain-damaged woman has asked a judge to allow her daughter’s life support to be switched off, in the latest of a series of controversial cases to come before one of the country’s most powerful courts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Edward Chopping spared jail for manslaughter of wife – BBC News

“An 84-year-old man from east London who killed his wife so she did not have to go to a care home has been spared jail.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

OAP spared jail over wife’s death – The Independent

“A frail 84-year-old who killed his ailing wife after becoming terrified that she would be taken into a care home wept as he was spared jail today.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Pensioner cleared of murdering wife in mercy killing – The Guardian

“A pensioner who smothered his 75-year-old wife in a “mercy killing” has been jailed for two years.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2010

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.”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Inglis – WLR Daily

Regina v Inglis [2010] EWCA Crim 2637; [2010] WLR (D) 289

“When determining the minimum specified term to be served by an individual who genuinely believed that the murder she had committed constituted an act of mercy, the facts that there had been a significant degree of planning or premeditation, that the victim had been particularly vulnerable because of disability and that there had been abuse of a position of trust should not be taken to be aggravating factors.”

WLR Daily, 15th November 2010

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.

Mother who killed brain damaged son loses appeal – The Guardian

“A mother who gave her severely disabled son a lethal heroin injection to end his ‘living hell’ lost her appeal against her life sentence for murder today, but has had her sentenced reduced to five years.”

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The Guardian, 12th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mother challenges conviction for murdering son – The Independent

“A mother who gave her brain-damaged son a lethal heroin injection to end his ‘living hell’ challenges her conviction today.”

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The Independent, 20th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ray Gosling admits wasting police time over TV confession – Crown Prosecution Service

“The guilty plea today by Ray Gosling shows he now accepts that he put Nottinghamshire Police to a lot of unnecessary effort investigating a fake allegation of murder, said Crown Prosecution Service senior lawyer Simon Clements.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

BBC’s Ray Gosling sentenced for wasting police time – BBC News

“A BBC presenter who admitted wasting police time after claiming on air that he smothered his dying lover has been given a suspended prison sentence.”

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BBC News, 14th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BBC presenter who claimed he killed gay lover prosecuted for wasting police time – Daily Telegraph

“Ray Gosling, the BBC presenter, will be prosecuted for wasting police time after claiming that he had killed a gay lover.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mercy killer appeals against murder conviction for giving son fatal overdose – The Guardian

“The family of a woman convicted of murder for killing her severely brain-damaged son, today called for a change in the way doctors are allowed to end the lives of patients who have no chance of recovery.”

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The Guardian, 21st July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Locked-in’ stroke victim asks for ruling on mercy killing – The Independent

“In a High Court test case, to be heard later this year, his family will challenge Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), over his policy on ‘mercy killings’.”

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The Independent, 20th July 2010

Source: www.independent.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

Laws on mercy killing questioned – BBC News

“The eldest son of a woman convicted of murdering her brain-damaged child has called for changes in the law governing ‘mercy killing’.”

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BBC News, 24th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman who smothered grandmother loses murder appeal – BBC News

“A West Yorkshire woman who was secretly taped confessing to smothering her grandmother has lost an appeal against her murder conviction.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2010

Source: www.bbc.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

Murder arrest over Ray Gosling’s BBC confession – BBC News

“TV presenter Ray Gosling has been arrested on suspicion of murder by Nottinghamshire Police after he admitted killing his lover.”

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BBC News, 17th 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.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mother who used heroin to kill her son launches appeal – BBC News

“A mother jailed for life for murdering her disabled son by injecting him with heroin at a care home is to appeal against the sentence and conviction.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother gets life for heroin death – BBC News

“A mother convicted of murdering her disabled son by injecting him with heroin at a Hertfordshire care home has been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 20th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Senior legal figures join in opposition to ‘euthanasia law’ proposals – Daily Telegraph

“Some of Britain’s most senior legal figures have added their voices to the growing disquiet over proposals that could pave the way to the legalisation of euthanasia.”

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Daily Telegraph, 29th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Mother charged over death of ME sufferer Lynn Gilderdale – The Times

“A mother was charged yesterday with the attempted murder of her daughter who had been bedridden while suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome for 17 years.”

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The Times, 17th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Leading LSE professor questions moral basis for euthanasia laws – The Independent

“Emily Jackson, a leading LSE Law professor, discusses the meaning of death and the moral and legal questions raised by euthanasia in the first of The Independent’s new series of short films.”

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The Independent, 7th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Call for euthanasia to be legal in UK – The Observer

“One of Britain’s leading moral philosophers has called for a change in the law to allow assisted suicide in Britain following the death of paralysed rugby player Daniel James. Baroness Warnock, writing in today’s Observer, calls for liberalisation of euthanasia laws on the grounds that ‘we have a moral obligation to other people to take their seriously reached decisions with regard to their own lives equally seriously’.”

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The Observer, 19th October 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk

GP Iain Kerr ‘told patients he supported euthanasia’ – The Times

“A GP accused of supplying a suicidal pensioner with sleeping tablets to enable her to take her own life told patients that he was in favour of euthanasia, a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing was told yesterday.”

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The Times, 16th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Family angry as sister who tried to kill dying father is spared jail – The Times

“A woman who tried to smother her terminally ill father in a ‘mercy killing’ was spared jail yesterday, to the anger of her sisters, who wanted her imprisoned.”

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The Times, 21st December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

We must debate end-of-life issues, says doctor cleared of misconduct – The Times

“The doctor cleared of misconduct in hastening the deaths of two terminally ill babies called yesterday for more debate on end-of-life decisions.”

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The Times, 12th July 2007

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk

Doctor is cleared of hastening deaths of babies – The Times

“A doctor accused of wrongly administering a massive dose of a paralysing drug to two dying babies, hastening their deaths, was cleared by the General Medical Council yesterday.”

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The Times, 11th July 2007

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk


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