The Minnesota assisted suicide case against the Final Exit Network begins again at 9:00 a.m. on September 8, 2014, in the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.
In June 2014, the Supreme Court of Minnesota denied the State's petition for review of the Court of Appeal's September 30, 2013 decision in favor of FEN. The Supreme Court also dissolved the stay of proceedings in the trial court, which has been in effect since March, 2013.
The case now resumes in the trial court as if the defendants faced a new indictment. Instead of being charged primarily under a statute that prohibits "advising, encouraging, or assisting in a suicide," the new indictment charges them only with "assisting in a suicide."
Final Exit Network, Inc, and Larry Egbert are each charged with assisting in a suicide, aiding and abetting to assist in a suicide, interfering in a death scene, and aiding and abetting to interfere in a death scene. Roberta Massey is charged only with aiding and abetting to assist in a death scene.
At the September 8 hearing, the judge will set a trial date, discuss pending motions, decide whether any additional pretrial hearings are necessary and, if so, schedule them.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Minnesota v. Final Exit Network - Assisted Suicide Case Resumes
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.