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Melchert-Dinkel was charged with aiding the suicides of Drybrough and Kajouji and convicted in 2011 by Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville, who found that he “intentionally advised and encouraged” the victims to take their lives.
The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed Melchert-Dinkel’s convictions earlier this year. The justices found that part of Minnesota’s law that bans someone from “encouraging” or “advising” suicide is unconstitutional because it encompasses speech protected under the First Amendment.
But the justices upheld part of the law that makes it a crime to “assist” in someone’s suicide — and said speech could be considered assisting. The case went back to Neuville, who ruled last month that Melchert-Dinkel assisted in Drybrough’s suicide and attempted to assist Kajouji’s suicide, because she ultimately rejected his advice to hang herself and jumped into the river instead.
originally posted by: EternalSolace
Something of which only the emotional could convict her for.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: DBCowboy
It's a tough one, alright.
She's a disgusting bit of (bleep), but she didn't use physical force. But could those texts and whatever else be defined as coercion?
Manslaughter? Not sure about that one. I would hope it'd be enough for this (bleep) to know that she, indirectly as it might have been, helped a young man, a very troubled one obviously, kill himself.
originally posted by: MDpvc
If so many of you are so "troubled" by her sentencing, surely you'll all speak out on Charles Mamsons behalf. It's just words after all, he didn't force them to kill anyone.
She deserves a harsher sentence. Have any of you actually read the messages? He wouldn't have even gotten in the truck to begin with, if not for her. He sure as hell wouldn't have gotten back in.