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“Locked-in” patient asks for ruling on mercy killing

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3943
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A man with locked-in syndrome after a catastrophic stroke is taking legal action against the director of public prosecutions to clarify the law on mercy killing.

    Tony Nicklinson is not physically capable of committing suicide even with assistance, but he wants the director of public prosecutions of England and Wales, Keir Starmer, to say whether it is always in the public interest to prosecute someone who kills another person at the victim’s request.

    He is calling on Mr Starmer to issue guidelines on when he would prosecute in a case of voluntary euthanasia, as he was forced to do on assisted …

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