European media outlets are reporting that over the weekend a French appeals court gave a doctor accused of lethally injecting seven elderly nursing home patients what the Daily Telegraph described as a “symbolic suspended sentence”–two years.
Nicolas Bonnemaison, a 54-year-old former emergency room doctor, was accused of administering lethal injections to seven “terminally ill” patients between 2010 and 2011.
Last year lower court acquitted Bonnemaison. According to the Telegraph, prosecutors then appealed, but only called for a five-year suspended sentence.
After seven hours of deliberation, the appeals court in the western city of Angers acquitted Bonnemaison of killing six of the patients but found him guilty of deliberately killing an 86-year-old woman.
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For that he was given a two-year suspended sentence. The Telegraph included this memorable quote from Bonnemaison”
“Medicine is my life, my patients are my life and I miss them,” he told the court before the jury retired. Dressed in black, he appeared very stressed. “I acted as a doctor and I say this to you with a great deal of sincerity,” he added
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.