State-assisted suicide

State-assisted suicide

State-assisted suicide is the use of government to commit suicide. It is usually committed by committing a capital crime and receiving a capital punishment.

State-assisted suicide was a popular method in Medieval and Enlightment Era ScandinaviaFact|date=October 2008, where religion forbade suicide and suicidees were prohibited from religious burial. The usual method was to kill an infantFact|date=October 2008 - infanticide was a capital crime, and infants were considered as pure and sinless, and subjects of automatic salvation. The death penalty, usually by beheading, gave the condemned a chance to atone his or her sins before death.

Timothy McVeigh, who had contemplated suicide in the past, famously called his execution "state-assisted suicide." [] Zacarias Moussaoui also sought to kill himself through the justice system. [] A typical strategy for this purpose is to commit a capital offense and then refuse to plea bargain in the face of overwhelming evidence, all the while showing no remorse and making statements calculated to cause grave offense. It has been noted that "prisoner-assisted homicide" would be a more accurate label, since if a death row inmate seeks to commit actual suicide, the state will make every effort toprevent it. []


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Assisted suicide — Detail of The Death of Socrates. A disciple is handing Socrates a goblet of hemlock …   Wikipedia

  • Physician-assisted suicide — Physician assisted suicide:*may refer to euthanasia, in cases where the physician performs the action *may refer to assisted suicide, where the action is not performed under a legal framework *may refer to aid in dying, a legal right first… …   Wikipedia

  • Suicide by cop — Suicide Social …   Wikipedia

  • Suicide — For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). Suicide Classification and external resources …   Wikipedia

  • Suicide methods — Suicide …   Wikipedia

  • suicide — 01. Studies have shown that people are more likely to commit [suicide] if there is a gun in the house. 02. The young man became [suicidal] after being mistakenly charged with the murder of his girlfriend. 03. Police were able to prevent an old… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • suicide — 1. The act of taking one s own life. 2. A person who commits such an act. [L. sui, self, + caedo, to kill] physician assisted s. voluntary termination of one s own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect… …   Medical dictionary

  • Suicide attack — Kamikaze attack on the USS Bunker Hill, May 1945 …   Wikipedia

  • State and Local Affairs — ▪ 1997 Introduction       States continued to be at the centre of national debates on public policy during 1996. The U.S. Congress, reacting in part to successful experimentation by a number of states, enacted a historic welfare reform measure… …   Universalium

  • Legal views of suicide — Suicide has historically been treated as a criminal matter in many parts of the world. Although a person who has successfully committed suicide might be thought to be beyond the reach of the law (since they are dead), there could still be legal… …   Wikipedia