mercy killing

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mercy killing:

see euthanasiaeuthanasia
, either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. The term comes from the Greek expression for "good death.
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Even in Holland mercy killings are legal only within strict guidelines involving two separate opinions from doctors.
The prosecution started the 18-day trial by denying that the case was about mercy killing, with Mr James Goss QC, for the Crown, telling the jury: "This is not a trial about the merits or demerits of euthanasia or mercy killing.
You can get at one end the outrageous serial killing, at the other end you can get the mercy killing - somebody killing their mongol child for example - which arouses the greatest sympathy.
VENTURA - Still wearing the wedding ring he'd worn for 42 years, a retired engineer was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation for the mercy killing of his ailing wife.
They believe the Adults with Incapacity Bill being considered by the Scottish Parliament includes provisions for mercy killings.
VENTURA - Sending a message that mercy killings will not be tolerated, Ventura County prosecutors have charged a 67-year-old Thousand Oaks man with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his ailing wife.
Ireland's Doctor Death, who claimed to have carried out 50 mercy killings on dying patients, travelled to the Buddhist capital earlier this month in a bid to end his own life by euthanasia.
California currently has no laws governing mercy killings, nor does it track the number of cases that have been reported or prosecuted, said Larry Brown, executive director of the California District Attorneys Association.
Dr Paddy Leahy, 80, pictured, who is believed to have carried out at least 50 mercy killings on dying patients, wants to end his own life by euthanasia in Thailand.
Saldivar, who told police he considered himself an angel of death, said his criteria for mercy killings was patients had to be unconscious and they had to have a ``do not resuscitate'' order.
A survey of doctors' views on mercy killings has thrown up some startling findings.
A therapist who found deadly drugs inside the locker of a hospital worker who later allegedly confessed to up to 50 mercy killings faces a reprimand for failing to immediately report his discovery.