Hawaii Free Press
by Margaret Dore, J.D.
Her claim, based in part on a 1909 statute, fails for the reasons set forth below.
A. Hawaii's Manslaughter Statute Applies
Tucker argues that Hawaii's manslaughter statute, providing that an individual commits manslaughter if "[t]he person intentionally causes another person to commit suicide," does not apply to "aid in dying" because aid in dying is not "suicide."
Just last year, in Blick v. Connecticut, Tucker made a similar argument that was summarily rejected by the trial court. The trial judge stated:
"[T]he legislature intended the [manslaughter] statute to apply to physicians who assist a suicide . . ."