Washington v. Glucksberg
Certiorari to the United States court of appeals for the ninth circuit
Argued January 8th 1997-Decided June 26 1997
Facts: It is a crime to support suicide in Washington. The petitioners in this case are the Attorney General as well as the state of Washington. Defendants that treat terminally ill people always say they would help patients take their lives if it was not for the ban on helped suicide. Defendant claims this ban as unconstitutional. The court of appeals reversed, then affirmed a district court. The en banc decision says that “the Constitution encompasses a due process liberty interest in controlling the time and manner of one’s death” the state’s assisted suicide ban was unconstitutional.