Minnesota appeals court upholds conviction for assisted suicide

by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 19 December 2016

Mr Schadenberg reports on a long-running criminal case of assisting suicide in Minnesota.

The Minnesota appeals court upheld the conviction of the Final Exit Network in the assisted suicide death of Doreen Dunn who died May 30, 2007.

On May 14, 2015, the Final Exit Network was found guilty, by a jury, of assisted suicide and the group was sentenced on August 24, 2015.

During the trial, the Lacrosse Tribune reported:

Dakota County prosecutor Elizabeth Swank told jurors that the evidence showed that two members of Final Exit Network went to Dunn’s home in Apple Valley to assist her suicide. They then removed the equipment that she used for suicide so that it appeared she had died of natural causes. 

Dunn’s husband of 29 years arrived home on May 30, 2007, to find her dead on the couch. Swank said Dunn had a blanket pulled up to her neck with her hands folded on her chest. 

Swank said that despite Dunn’s pain and depression, she had no life-threatening illness and her family was puzzled by her death. There were good things happening in her life: Her daughter who had been in Africa for about a year was coming home the next day and her son’s fiancee was scheduled to give birth that week. However, her husband was also planning to move out, the prosecutor said.

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The Final Exit Network is a member of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, as is the New Zealand Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

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