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William Melchert-Dinkel

William Melchert-Dinkel

Englishman’s Family Welcomes Minnesota Conviction

The family of an Englishman who committed suicide after getting online advice from an ex-nurse in Minnesota is welcoming his conviction for violating a state law against assisting suicide. Elaine Drybrough says in an email to The Associated Press that she and her husband are grateful to everyone involved in prosecuting William Melchert-Dinkel, of Faribault.

09/10/2014

William Melchert-Dinkel

Ex-Minnesota Nurse Plans To Appeal Conviction In Assisted Suicide Case

A former Minnesota nurse plans to appeal his conviction of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman. A Rice County judge ruled Tuesday that 52-year-old William Melchert-Dinkel of Faribault assisted in the suicide of 32-year-old Mark Drybrough of Coventry, England.

09/10/2014

William Melchert-Dinkel

Judge Convicts Ex-Nurse Of Assisting Suicide

An ex-nurse who admitted going online and encouraging people to kill themselves was convicted Tuesday of assisting the suicide of an English man and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman, following a legal battle that has spanned more than four years and led to the reversal of part of a Minnesota law that outlaws the practice.

09/09/2014

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Online Suicides Case Back In Lower Court

Prosecutors in Minnesota argued Friday that a former nurse should be convicted of assisting suicide for sending emails and other online communications in which he urged two people to kill themselves and gave them information on how to do it.

08/08/2014

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

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Prosecutors: Encouraging Suicide Not Free Speech

Prosecutors say a former Minnesota nurse convicted of going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves was not exercising his right to free speech.

02/26/2013

William Melchert-Dinkel

Ex-Nurse Wants Aiding-Suicide Conviction Reversed

An attorney for a former Minnesota nurse convicted of going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves says his client was merely supporting his alleged victims and had no influence on their actions.

12/19/2012

William Melchert-Dinkel

State Supreme Court To Hear Assisted Suicide Case

The state’s highest court has agreed to hear the appeal of a former nurse whw was convicted of searching out suicidal people in online chat rooms and encouraging them to kill themselves.

10/19/2012

William Melchert-Dinkel

Minn. Man Free Pending Appeal In Suicides Case

A former nurse convicted of searching out suicidal people in online chat rooms and encouraging them to kill themselves will remain free pending his appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

07/23/2012

William Melchert-Dinkel

Minn. Appeals Court Upholds Aiding Suicide Conviction

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the convictions of a former nurse who hunted for suicidal people in online chat rooms and encouraged two to kill themselves, saying his actions were not protected speech.

07/17/2012

William Melchert-Dinkel

Appeals Court Hears Ex-Nurse’s Aiding Suicide Case

The attorney for an ex-nurse who encouraged two depressed people to commit suicide told a Minnesota appellate court that the man’s conviction should be overturned on free-speech grounds.

04/18/2012

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

Ex-Nurse Appeals Encouraging Suicides Conviction

The attorney for an ex-nurse found guilty of encouraging two depressed people to commit suicide is asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to overturn his conviction, saying his actions were constitutionally protected free speech.

11/04/2011

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

Nurse Gets 360 Days In Jail For Aiding Suicides

A former Minnesota nurse convicted of aiding two suicides via online postings was sentenced to 360 days in jail Wednesday.

05/04/2011

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