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5.14.2009

I'm Looking At The Wise County Felony Trial Docket For Next Month . . .

. . . and I see this "Cause no. 14855: Aiding Suicide". I've been doing this criminal law gig for over 20 years and I've never seen an Aiding Suicide case. So I looked it up. Did you know if the suicide is unsuccessful that the punishment carries with it no jail time and "up to a $500 fine"? But if the suicide was, uh, successful or resulted in "serious bodily injury" then it is a State Jail Felony (up to 2 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.)

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous: just another example of the government dictating the terms for OUR lives. If someone is miserable and wishes to die, then they should have that right. To help them, especially in the case of terminal illness or chronic pain, is nothing short of noble and compassionate. The gov. needs to take care of hunger, terrorism, and violence and stop messing with people's personal freedoms.

Anonymous said...

I feel like I am funding your retirement account BG.

Anonymous said...

how is there that much difference in taking your own life and having an abortion..??

Anonymous said...

The government shouldn't take care of hunger. I don't give a crap if somebody is starving...I don't want my tax dollars paying for them.

Anonymous said...

I agree, unless it's kids starving. I don't care about the adults, either. They can work or starve. I feel the same about health insurance. Work to pay for your insurance or take a lesser standard of care, not my problem.

Anonymous said...

9:31: suicide is the decision of the person dying...that is the difference. I am not trying to get started whether or not a fetus is a person or whether or anything like that, just pointing out the difference.

Anonymous said...

and the people who are for torture are the same people who are against abortion and those in favor of abortion are those against torture.

moma247 said...

9:59 & 10:48, you might feel a little differently should tragedy strike and it was you or someone you know in need. Injury, illness, layoffs, bad economy, etc. Shit happens and sometimes people need help. Of course there are some using assistance unnecessarily, but there are others that are legit. And knowing how people who comment can be, no I am not and never have been on welfare, I'm just well aware that life throws you many curve balls.

Anonymous said...

In all other animal species the individuals that can't make it simply don't. Their populations are thus kept at sustainable levels and none of them are causing a lot of global warming or have a bunch of expensive prisons to maintain. And if they want to eat marijuana, well, they just do.

Anonymous said...

Again, not my problem. I believe anyone can work if they want to. They may have to take a menial job, if they're disabled, may have to do something from home, like provide an answering service or do laundry or ironing. But don't tell me people have hard times and can't work. They just don't want to; they want us to work and give them a free handout.

moma247 said...

You're right 2:08, because when you are blind-sided with a debilitating chronic disease that robs you of your vision and the use of your hands and legs, it's just laziness. You don't deserve to eat or live after that do you?

Anonymous said...

11AM what I meant was there's little difference in the concept of claiming that abortion is the woman's right and hers alone to do whatever SHE wants to do with HER body..the law doesn't even give the fetus an option..then why don't I have the right to do whatever I want to do using the same constitutional protections as the woman..??? I believe they should be equal.

Anonymous said...

Suicide like abortions are largely a personal decision.If one can livewith an abortion and cannot end their lives themselves proper help is not a bad idea.But again my idea of personal suicide is jumping from a basement window. Dago

Anonymous said...

To 3:54; not on my tax dollar, you don't. Not my problem.

moma247 said...

9:28, have fun starving when it happens to you.

Anonymous said...

won't. I actually plan for life, have disability insurance, retirement banked, own my home, and don't overextend myself on credit.

moma247 said...

Good for you, and hopefully nothing will happen to you early enough in life for your fall-backs to run out. Fortunately for others that tragedy strikes earlier in life before they can build those fall-backs, you, sir, are not in control of where assistance goes.

Kevin said...

Barry, that is a typo on the docket. We do not have an aiding suicide case.