Minn. prosecutor to appeal assisted suicide ruling

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor says he plans to ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals ruling that says a state law against advising people on committing suicide is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

Monday’s ruling came in the case of the right-to-die group Final Exit Network and two members accused of aiding an Apple Valley woman’s suicide.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says his office still has enough legal ground to proceed.

But he says the ruling conflicts with a Court of Appeals decision in another closely watched case that’s testing the same set of Minnesota laws against assisting suicide. That case involves the conviction of an ex-nurse from Faribault of assisting in two suicides via the Internet. A Supreme Court decision in that case remains pending.

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