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Encouraging Suicide

William Melchert-Dinkel

Court Reverses Convictions In Aiding-Suicide Case

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed the convictions of a former nurse accused of encouraging two people whom he met online to kill themselves. The court ruled that the language in the state’s assisted-suicide law that pertains to “encouraging” suicide is unconstitutional.

03/19/2014

William Melchert-Dinkel

Prosecutors: Speech Urging Suicide Isn’t Protected

Prosecutors in southern Minnesota say an ex-nurse was not participating in protected speech when he went online and encouraged two depressed people to kill themselves.

02/07/2012

William Melchert-Dinkel

Man Convicted Of Aiding Suicide Will Appeal

A former nurse from Minnesota who sought out depressed people online and was convicted of encouraging two to commit suicide has notified the court that he plans to appeal his conviction, his attorney said Wednesday.

06/01/2011

William Melchert-Dinkel

Sentencing Set For Man Who Encouraged Suicides

A sentencing date has been set in Minnesota for the former nurse who used the Internet to encourage two people to kill themselves.

03/17/2011