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Prosecutors in Canada have upgraded murder charges against the man who allegedly mailed “suicide kits” and is allegedly linked to more than 100 deaths in several countries.

Kenneth Law, who is due to appear in court on Thursday, now faces 14 counts in Ontario of first-degree murder and 14 counts of counselling and aiding suicide in the province. Canada’s criminal code punishes anyone who “counsels or abets” a person to die by suicide with a sentence of up to 14 years in prison. The victims range in age from 16 to 36.

Fair number of doctors are going to get caught by that, aren’t they?

Oooops, sorry, of course it’s legal for the State to do what people can’t.

8 thoughts on “Umm”

  1. How does one upgrade a murder charge? Access to the executive lounge? Complementary drinks and peanuts?

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ Oooops, sorry, of course it’s legal for the State to do what people can’t.”

    Not only is it legal, they appear to be going some way towards making it compulsory for state healthcare workers to offer assisted suicide as a treatment.

  3. I’m a little surprised to learn that Canada has borrowed the US practice of first- and second-degree murders, rather than using the British manslaughter. They normally do everything possible to distinguish themselves from their southern cousins.

  4. Guy helps people kill themselves – that’s the Canadian government’s job!

    Clear example of ‘government hates competion’.

  5. They do seem to be trying to avoid bringing in the mental health piece, though the fact that they have delayed it until after the next election makes me suspect it’s more they don’t want any bad publicity than a reluctance to do it

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