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Judge overturns California's doctor-assisted suicide law


LOS ANGELES — A state judge overturned California's doctor-assisted suicide law on Tuesday, saying the legislation opening the door to life-ending drugs for the terminally ill was unconstitutional because it was introduced in the wrong forum.

Judge Daniel A. Ottolia of State Superior Court in Riverside said the law did not fall within the scope of health care services when the bill creating it was debated during a special section on the topic. He did not rule on the legality of allowing Californians to kill themselves.

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