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Tony Nicklinson's family 'hope common sense prevails'

The family of the late right-to-die campaigner Tony Nicklinson said they "hope that common sense prevails" as they await an appeal decision:


Thank you @melissa_fix @janenicklinson @bnicklinson, I hope that common sense prevails this time. Crazier things have happened

Right-to-die campaigner's family to hear appeal ruling

Lock-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson died at home in Melksham, Wiltshire, last August, a week after he lost a High Court bid to end his life with a doctor's help.

Mr Nicklinson, who was paralysed by a stroke while on a business trip to Athens in 2005, had refused food and contracted pneumonia after he was "devastated" by the decision of Lord Justice Toulson, Mr Justice Royce and Mrs Justice Macur.

Lock-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson.
Lock-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson. Credit: Family handout

But his widow Jane vowed to continue the battle in the courts, which she said was "part of Tony's legacy".

Mr Nicklinson had sought declarations that there should be a defence of necessity available to a doctor assisting him to die, and that the law was incompatible with his right to respect for private and family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Judges set to rule on right-to-die cases

Leading judges are due to rule on the latest round of a right-to-die legal battle started by locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson.

Tony Nicklinson.
Tony Nicklinson died at home in Melksham, Wiltshire, last August after losing his High Court bid. Credit: Emma Hallett/PA Wire

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson and Lord Justice Elias will announce their decision in an appeal brought by Mr Nicklinson's family following his death, and will also give rulings in two other cases.


Right-to-die man arrives at High Court to fight case

Severely disabled Paul Lamb has arrived at the Court of Appeal in a bid to change laws governing the right to die.

Mr Lamb, 58, has been paralysed from the neck down since a car accident in 1990.

Paul Lamb, daughter Lauren (left) and Jane, widow of Tony Nicklinson Credit: PA Wire

He is taking up a case begun by the late Tony Nicklinson, who appealed for the laws to change after suffering from "locked-in" syndrome.

Mr Nicklinson's widow Jane accompanied Mr Lamb and his daughter Lauren to court.

Campaigner: Assisted suicide would be 'radical change'

Dr Peter Saunders, from Care Not Killing, a UK based organisation which promotes care and opposes euthanasia said Paul Lamb is seeking a "very radical change in the law."

He said: "If he was successful in getting that legal change it would drive a coach and horses through not the suicide act but the murder act as well and that would put a lot of vulnerable, elderly people at risk

"The proper place to be making this decision is not in court, it's in Parliament", he added.

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