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California judge indicates he will dismiss assisted suicide lawsuit

A San Diego judge said on Friday he would likely dismiss a lawsuit brought by three terminally ill patients seeking a right to assisted suicide, after a bill that would have allowed the practice stalled in the California legislature. The judge is presiding in a case brought in May by lawyers for three terminally ill California residents with the support of Compassion and Choices, a group that fights for legislation to allow assisted suicide. The legal challenge represented one front in an effort by some terminally ill patients and their supporters to win a right to assisted suicide in the nation’s most populous state.