Keir Starmer—‘Mercy killing’ is not the same as assisted suicide

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The policy I am publishing later today will show that we have looked carefully at the responses and, where appropriate, made changes. But I draw comfort from the large number of those responding who endorsed many important factors in the interim policy.

In the light of recent discussion about so-called mercy killing it is important to be clear about what the policy does not cover. It does not cover murder or manslaughter.

Assisted suicide involves assisting the victim to take his or her own life. Someone who takes the life of another undertakes a very different act and may well be liable to a charge of murder or manslaughter. That distinction is an important one that we all need to understand.

Ultimately, as many people recognised, each case is unique; each case has to be considered on its own facts and merits; and prosecutors have to make professional judgements about difficult and sensitive issues.

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Posted February 25, 2010 at 1:08 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Henry Greville wrote:

It seems that the time has come for someone in the motion picture industry to remake “Soylent Green.”

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