Thursday, April 07, 2005

Assisted suicide, easy death

A friend in need is a friend indeed, as this story of what happened in Connecticut shows, but beware of the consequences:-

A man accused of helping his friend commit suicide will not be going to prison. Instead, he will be going on probation.

Huntington Williams, aged 79, knew John Welles for about 20 years. Welles battled prostate cancer and decided he wanted to commit suicide in June last year by shooting himself.

Mr. Williams is accused of assisting in the suicide by telling him where to aim the gun and cleaning the gun. A Litchfield [CT] judge granted him accelerated rehabilitation, which means he will not go to jail.

Friends, family, and people all over the country have been extremely supportive. In Connecticut, assisted suicide is a felony and carries the charge of manslaughter.

The attorney for Mr. Williams and the prosecutor came to an agreement on what kind of punishment Williams should get and the judge agreed. Williams will be on probation for one year.

[The moral of this story is not to assist a suicide, however justifable, with a violent means, such as a gun or a knife. Safer to use lethal medications or inert gas and a plastic bag. See my book 'Final Exit' for further information. Derek Humphry]


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