No extenuating circumstances for mercy

Man who killed Alzheimer-suffering wife convicted of murder

(ANSA) - Rome, November 7 - There can be no extenuating circumstances for mercy killing, Italy's top court said Wednesday.
    Ruling in the case of a husband who shot dead his wife, suffering from late-stage Alzheimer's, the supreme Cassation Court upheld a verdict of murder without what it called any "ethical discount".
    The Cassation judges said legislation might be changed when the Constitutional Court makes a ruling on euthanasia, expected by September.
    But as things stand, a mercy killer cannot be granted the extenuating circumstance of "acting with particular moral value" in ending the life of a person "who finds themself in conditions of grave and irreversible physical suffering".