A law allowing physician-assisted suicide took effect yesterday in Washington state, the second state that permits this, along with Oregon, says National Public Radio. In many other states assisting in a suicide is a crime. Prosecutors in Georgia have charged four members of a group called the Final Exit Network with assisting in suicides. Investigators say the group could be involved in the deaths of as many as 300 people.
The Georgia Bureau of Investiation set up a sting in which an undercover agent posed as a man with pancreatic cancer who wanted to die. The agent made contact, filled out an application and then received calls and was visited by members of the Final Exit Network to go over what would transpire, said the bureau’s John Bankhead. Officers executed search warrants in 14 locations in eight states, including Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and Colorado. Four members of the group have been charged with assisting in a suicide, racketeering and tampering with evidence by removing equipment.