Washington Vs. The State Of Washington

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Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702 (1997) Petitioners: State of Washington and the State Attorney General Respondent: Harold Glucksberg, MD et al who practices medicine in the state of Washington and treats terminally ill patients Facts: The state of Washington passed a law that made it a crime to assist in a suicide that takes place within the state. The crime is listed as “promoting a suicide attempt” and is classified as a felony offense. In order for a person to be convicted of this crime it has to be proven that the defendant knowingly caused or aided another person in an attempt to commit suicide. In January 1994 Dr. Glucksberg along with four other doctors, three terminally ill patients who died before the case reached the…show more content…
The case was appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a panel of judges from that court heard the case and overturned the lower court’s ruling on the basis that there has never been asserted that there is a constitutional right to aid in killing yourself which was upheld by a court of final jurisdiction such as the Supreme Court. When the case was head by the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals they reversed the panel decision and agreed with the district court. They based their decision on the same cases as the lower court as well as the historical and societal views towards the right to die. After considering all this they concluded that through the Constitution there is a liberty interest in determining the time and manner of one’s death. They determined that there was a constitutional right to die and the state law was unconstitutional since it applied to terminally ill patients who were competent to make their own decisions and wished to end their lives. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court which after hearing arguments decided that the Constitution was not violated by the state law and found that the state had the legal right to pass such a law. Procedure: The case originated in the
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