Assisting in another person's suicide would be become a felony crime in Georgia punishable by up to a decade in prison under legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate. The legislation responds to a state Supreme Court ruling in February that struck down a 1994 law banning people from publicly advertising suicide.
A state House committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make it a felony to help someone commit suicide. The bill follows a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that struck down an existing assisted suicide law.
The state House of Representatives proposed a change Tuesday to Georgia's assisted suicide law. The new bill seeks felony punishment for anyone who knowingly and willfully assists someone in taking their life.
Georgia's top court on Monday struck down a state law designed to discourage assisted suicides after a legal battle brought by four members of a suicide group who said it also violated free speech rights.
A death penalty defendant who has been awaiting trial for a Gwinnett County killing since March 2005 is asking Georgia's top court to dismiss all charges for violations of his right to a speedy trial for the second time in less than two years. Georgia's top court will also consider a free-speech challenge to the state's law against assisted suicide brought by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken man kill himself.
Georgia's Supreme Court is set to review an appeal by four members of a suicide group charged with helping a cancer-stricken 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.