Authorities say Ostfeld, from Las Vegas, was carrying 1,200 milliliters of pentobarbital — vials with a picture of a Great Dane on the label — when U.S. officials stopped him May 18 at the Progreso International Bridge in South Texas. Officials said at a detention hearing last month that he was also carrying a camera with still photos of what appeared to be a deceased [Oregon woman Jennifer] Malone and videos that included what appeared to be her last words, "I'm scared."
At that May hearing, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Robert Haberkamp III said Ostfeld, 33, told him that he planned to sell the remaining animal tranquilizers he bought in Mexico. He said he wanted to sell them to others seeking to end their lives, including a woman in the United Kingdom and a man in Australia, according to Haberkamp. He has not been charged in Malone's death.[Emphasis mine.]
Suicide is the only act that is not a crime, the assisting of which is a crime.
Fuck that. We would-be suicides are slaves. Those who would assist us, at the price of their own liberty, are no less heroes than the conductors and stationmasters of the Underground Railroad.
From the AP:
Malone's boyfriend, Tom Piazza, says she suffered from chronic depression and had attempted suicide before. But he says she couldn't have done it without help.
To me, it sounds like Jennifer Malone was in the same situation I am in - she was even within two years of my age. Would my last words have been "I am scared?" Possibly. But should that have any effect whatsoever on Ostfeld's criminal liability? How could it? Who would not be somewhat scared on approaching death? But a determined adult who ingests poison is the proximate cause of her own suicide - not the person who provided the poison to her. A person who provided pentobarbital to me would be nothing but an agent of my deliverance.
Ostfeld was charged with importing a controlled substance and intent to distribute.
Yes, let's keep that drug war going. It seems to be working out so far.