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Hell On Earth Comments On Florida Suicide Law Loopholes

Hell On Earth is reporting on their website, loopholes and flaws of the new suicide law. The law was designed to deter anyone from making certain political statements in support of physician-assisted suicide. It was unanimously approved by Florida Legislature, then signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush on May 11, 2004 under statute 782.081 "commercial exploitation of self-murder." Under this law, anyone who conducts, provides a venue for, or deliberately assists in an event that includes an actual self-murder for commercial or entertainment purposes shall be guilty of manslaughter, a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The band's website, www.hellonearth.net, reports on four specific loopholes and flaws within the new law that lawmakers failed to observe, one of which could actually implicate city and state officials with criminal penalties, fines and civil lawsuits.

A representative for the band asked, "Who are these lawmaking buffoons who unanimously approve ridiculous laws that create more problems then they solve?" He went on to say, "Hell On Earth is offering their consultation services to Florida legislators for their next lawmaking session."

Hell On Earth received international attention last year when Florida lawmakers banned them from playing their music in an attempt to stop a terminally ill fan from committing suicide on-stage at their show as a political statement in support of physician-assisted suicide.

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1. deadguy writes:

I remember reading about this. I just think its sad that someone would wan to die. Then again its their life. To each his own. I don't know how anybody could sit and watch a man die and call it a "political protest". Its beyond me and i think it is also sad, but that doesn't mean somebody else thinks the opposite thing. So i guess its all up to the single person and what they believe.

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