We have been watching the case of Michelle Carter who goaded her friend Conrad Roy to commit suicide. The courts have been deciding whether she could be tried for a crime. It is an important case because, if a person may not encourage another to commit suicide, how can Massachusetts pass doctor-prescribed suicide laws where doctors and pharmacists actually give others drugs with which to kill themselves?
Well, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that Carter can be tried for involuntary manslaughter. One wonders how a girl could email her friend encouraging him to commit suicide and actually pushing him through the deed. Wouldn't one wonder, then, about a doctor prescribing a lethal dose? It is ironic that the ruling came down the same week when the Massachusetts doctor-prescribed suicide bill died in committee and the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that state's DPS ban constitutional.