10/3 podcast: Ottawa man’s death was a mercy killing, friends say. 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 back in the spotlight after a domestic murder in Ottawa.

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Richard Rutherford, a former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and an officer with the Canada Council for the Arts, was found dead at his home over Easter weekend. His longtime husband Phillipe Hebert has been charged with his 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 viewed by the Canadian justice system .

Background reading: The ‘Tragic and Deeply Human’ Story of Richard Rutherford and Philippe Hébert

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