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Continued: Case of former Minnesota nurse convicted of urging suicides sent back to lower court

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 19, 2014 - 9:35 PM

University of Minnesota Prof. Michele Goodwin said the U.S. Supreme Court rarely rules in a way that could suppress an individual’s right to speak.

The courts will need to continue addressing new frontiers involving online speech and the First Amendment, she said. While it may be true that the new assisted-suicide law will make prosecutions more difficult, she noted there have only been six successful cases in Minnesota.

Beaumaster, the Rice County attorney, said the ruling was thoughtful and a difficult decision. While he said he believes his position should have been upheld, he said he doesn’t presume to have the ultimate answer on the complex issues addressed in the case.

“There are myriad positions where the line should be drawn,” he said.


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