R. vs. Latimer (Euthanasia)

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R. vs. Latimer

The case of R. vs. Latimer involves an accused charged with first degree murder later convicted with second degree murder of his 12 year old daughter named Tracey. Tracey was not considered to be a normal child like all others; Tracey had a mind of a 4 month old baby who was quadriplegic. The accused confessed of taking his daughters life by inserting a hose from his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe into the cab, where he put his daughter. This later caused the daughter dying from carbon monoxide. Raising and taking care of a disabled child may be difficult, but does it go to such extremes where you have to take the life of your loved one? I think it’s wrong to help assist suicide under any circumstances. Whether the person is suffering or not, you’re still taking the law in your hands. Suicide in general isn’t acceptable, even though everyone is responsible for themselves, people do not have the right to die.
For R. vs. Latimer case, what the court decided was the accused should be convicted of second degree murder, sentencing him life imprisonment without parole eligibility for 10 years. Although what the jury recommended was he should be eligible for parole after one year. But under the Canadian law it states anyone who is found guilty of second degree murder, requires a 10 year minimum jail sentence. Knowing that the accused daughter was disabled and was suffering, so he killed her to take her away from the pain, it was still a case of murder. The accused daughter was too young to give informed consent and there was no proof that the daughter had asked help for dying. The accused on his own decided to take his daughter’s life, whether it was for her own good or not, it’s the same as killing an ordinary person.
Even though in the case it was decided that the accused is charged with second degree murder for killing his daughter, the accused…...

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