Podcast 10/3: Ottawa man’s death was a mercy killing, say friends. Will the courts agree?

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The debate over whether mercy killing can be used as a defense in a murder case is once again in the spotlight after a domestic homicide in Ottawa.

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Richard Rutherford, former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Canada Council for the Arts officer, was found dead in his home over Easter weekend. Her longtime spouse Philippe Hébert has been charged with her death.

Ottawa Citizen reporter Andrew Duffy joins Dave Breakenridge to discuss the events leading up to Rutherford’s death, why the couple’s friends believe it was an act of mercy and how such acts are seen by the Canadian judicial system.

Background reading: The “tragic and deeply human” story of Richard Rutherford and Philippe Hébert

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