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Friday, February 25, 2011

Attorney: Urging suicide is free speech

In Minnesota, a judge heard the case of a former nurse who allegedly went online to give suicide advice and encouragement to two people who ended up killing themselves. From the Pioneer Press:

But Watkins said that in order to be guilty of a crime, Melchert-Dinkel's actions would have had to prompt an "immediate and imminent incitement" of the suicides.

There wasn't enough evidence of that, he said. In fact, there was plenty of evidence that both individuals had suffered from severe depression and had been planning to take their own lives for some time.

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