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100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:39 am

I'm not trying to make any kind of point. I just think this is terribly sad.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/3876615.stm
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 1:30 am

This is very unlikely with their person who kill them and it is not good for their crimes either.
 
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 1:30 am

Sad. Not to completely alter the course of the post, but I'm curious--

Assisted suicide, what say you: Yes or No?
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 1:50 am

It's a reasonable question, Concordeboy. If that alters the course of the thread, so be it.

In principle yes, but I can't see how you could ever be sure it's exactly what that person wants. It gets into dangerous waters. Legally, I can't see how it would work.
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:11 am

Agreed.

But what if, say, the person pre-writes a will specifically stating that they'd require assisted suicide at a certain point/condition: example being someone who gets diagnosed with Alzheimers or a terminal cancer.
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:26 am

The usual argument against that is "What if they change their mind?". It's the same thing throughout. You can't be certain that they still want to go through with it - especially if they suffer from something as debilitating as Alzheimers.

I'm not disagreeing with you. This subject is horrendously difficult, and if truth be told I don't really know where I stand on it. I feel that if I was going through something that awful I'd want to be put out of my misery; but I feel that now. Would I feel that way when it came to it? I just don't know.
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:55 am

I understand what you're saying, and agree completely.

But then again, there are other issues (spousal privilege in the event of debilitation, etc) just as tough that were eventually legislatively worked through, despite continuing difficulty. I think this will eventually be another.
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RE: 100 Year Old Wife Killer Spared Prison

Fri Jul 09, 2004 6:48 am



Like Banco said, horrendously difficult.

Making a personal decision on assisted suicide, euthanasia, whatever, requires you to be able to come to terms with your own mortality - not something many (any?) of us would find easy.
Think about your mortality now, and what the future brings...

Myself, I can't find it in me to support something like assisted suicide or euthanasia - seems too easy to abuse in someway.

As far as the actual case, what does this say about the way we treat the elder members of our society?
I understand the situation from a UK perspective - but would a similar situation arise elsewhere in Europe or USA?
Please do not interpret this as an opportunity to kick off an infantile Europe vs USA slanging match, but is there anything that we can learn from this sad situation?

Incidentally, that the case went to court was absolutely the right thing. DI Phil Burke explains this well on the BBC website link.
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