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Mercy killing: three's a crowd?

Clough, A (2015) Mercy killing: three's a crowd? Journal of Criminal Law, 79 (5). pp. 358-372. ISSN 0022-0183

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A defendant who has committed a so called ‘mercy killing’, meaning that they killed a loved one to end their suffering from some kind of painful or terminal illness or disease, has no direct route to a manslaughter conviction. It is a difficult situation for the courts, although such actions are acknowledged as a mitigating feature at the sentencing stage. This article discusses the controversial subject, and questions if it may be included within the scope of either diminished responsibility or loss of control since the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 came into force.

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Additional Information: The Journal of Criminal Law 2015, Vol. 79(5) 358–372 © The Author(s) 2015 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0022018315608031 clj.sagepub.com
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Law
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:29
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/0022018315608031
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4194
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