Richard Frase on the suicide nurse caseby Tom Crann, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The case of a Fairbault nurse charged with two counts of assisting suicides through internet communications is now in the hands of a Rice County judge.
William Melchert-Dinkel is accused of encouraging several people online to commit suicide. A man in England and a woman in Canada both killed themselves after communicating with Melchert-Dinkel online.
Melchert-Dinkel has waived his right to a jury trial and has accepted the evidence brought against him.
While a verdict is due within the next 20-days, the arguments around this case are expected to last much longer.
To talk about why, we've called Richard Frase, a professor of criminal law at the University of Minnesota.
- All Things Considered, 02/24/2011, 4:54 p.m.