As anyone who follows the news of old, ill, and disabled people who get killed by family members or “caregivers,” it’s all to clear that if the perpetrator claims the act was a “mercy killing,” it’s frequently a successful defense strategy. The public tends to believe that the victim would have wanted to die, even … Continue reading Two recent cases show what it takes to screw up a “mercy killing” defense
It’s official – I’m Not Dead Yet. That’s what the title of the column by Daniel J Vance says. Vance writes a column that is published by a number of papers around the country – and he writes on disability issues. He interviewed me last week to get an update on NDY and some of … Continue reading Daniel J Vance – “Drake Isn’t Dead Yet”
Back in November last year, I was contacted by a reporter at Milwaukee Magazine in preparation for a feature story on a local elderly couple who had allegedly died through a “suicide pact.” I succeeded in a few things during our conversation: Made the point that if the death was a suicide pact, it was … Continue reading Milwaukee Magazine: NDY featured in profile of elderly couple who died through a suspected suicide pact
Well, whatever else you can say about Scott Foster, Communication Director of Communications at the Hawaii Death with Dignity Society, he churns out an op-ed pretty quickly. Like lots of communications folks, he regurgitates stuff he’s written elsewhere, but every once in awhile he introduces some new gem and there are several items of interest … Continue reading “Interesting” Op-ed by PR Guy for Hawaii Death With Dignity Society
Recently, we became aware of a very disturbing development. Every year, the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) hosts a conference on abuse of the elderly and people with disabilities, sharing research and prevention strategies. The 2010 conference is being held next week in San Diego, California. The conference sessions and workshops are a reflection … Continue reading C & C Attorney Kathryn Tucker to Pitch Legalized Assisted Suicide at Conference on Abuse of Elderly and Disabled?