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Associated Press, Published May 08 2012

Minnesota grand jury reviewing right-to-die case

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Dakota County grand jury is expected to review allegations against a national right-to-die group this week.

The county attorney investigated Final Exit Network to see whether the Pennington, N.J., organization was involved in a 2007 suicide in Apple Valley. The network claims it has 3,000 members nationwide. Its volunteers provide suicide information to people who have "lethal and/or irreversible" medical conditions and are mentally competent.

The group's attorney, Robert Rivas, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the case will hinge on a Minnesota law that prohibits aiding, advising or encouraging a suicide. Rivas says the law is unconstitutional because it violates freedom of speech.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says the grand jury will review the case for a possible indictment.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.