DOJ: News Release

Physician-Assisted Suicide Case: State Files Motion to Postpone Effect of Order

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath said today that state has filed a motion asking to postpone the effect of a recently decided case in which a judge held that a competent, terminally ill patient has the right to a physician’s help in ending his or her life.

The request is the first step in state’s appeal of a decision and order released December 5. If the motion is granted, the order would not take effect until the Montana Supreme Court has the opportunity to consider it.

McGrath was recently elected chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court. He will recuse himself from hearing the doctor-assisted suicide case.

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