Thu., November 3, 2011 9:01am (EDT)

Assisted Suicide Appeal Before High Court
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Four members of a suicide group were indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury in March 2010. They pleaded not guilty to charges that they tampered with evidence, violated anti-racketeering laws and helped a cancer-stricken man kill himself. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Gratz via Flickr.)
Four members of a suicide group were indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury in March 2010. They pleaded not guilty to charges that they tampered with evidence, violated anti-racketeering laws and helped a cancer-stricken man kill himself. (Photo Courtesy of Joe Gratz via Flickr.)
Georgia's highest court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself.

The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear the arguments Monday.

The four were indicted by a Forsyth County grand jury in March 2010. They pleaded not guilty to charges that they tampered with evidence, violated anti-racketeering laws and helped the man kill himself.

They argue that Georgia's statute on assisted suicide is unconstitutional because they say it violates their rights to free speech, equal protection and due process.

The trial court rejected those arguments, ruling the statute constitutional.

The high court has agreed to hear their appeal prior to trial to determine whether the trial court erred in ruling the law constitutional.