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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Elderly Man Gets a Light Sentence For Suicide Pact With Wife

Images-5In central California, a court recently sentenced George Taylor to two days in jail and probation for assisting his wife to commit suicide. Long ago, 86-year-old firefighter George Taylor and his wife had agreed to a suicide pact, but somehow George did not end up carrying out his end of the pact.  One of the odd things about the couple's agreement is that there did not seem to be an apparent reason they wanted to carry it out when they chose to.  Neither one was suffering from a terminal illness, and they were financially secure.  Forbes speculates that the court's light sentence may indicate an underlying philosophy that elderly people do have a right to die, even if assisted by a loved one. 

See Carolyn Rosenblatt, Is It Ever Ok To Assist An Elder to Commit Suicide?, Forbes, Jan. 26, 2013.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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