Man walks free in Scottish euthanasia case

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:961

A man who admitted killing his terminally ill brother has been shown leniency by a Scottish court in the country's first recorded criminal case involving euthanasia.

A judge at the High Court in Glasgow decided that Paul Brady had acted out of compassion when he smothered his brother James with a pillow after administering a drug overdose. Mr Brady, who had originally faced a charge of murder that was later reduced to culpable homicide, was formally admonished and allowed to walk free from the court. James Brady was diagnosed with Huntington's disease in 1985, and …

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