NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has ruled against a terminally ill John Jay Hooker’s request to die by assisted suicide.
Hooker has terminal cancer and has doctors who have expressed a willingness to prescribe him a lethal dosage of painkillers.
The doctors sought protection from prosecution if the 84-year-old Hooker was administered the drugs.
But Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled against the plaintiffs on Tuesday, saying they "do not have standing to bring this action." She said administering such drugs would be engaging in "criminal conduct."