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Public Comments Concerning the Prosecution of Final Exit Network, Inc., et al by James C. Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney

Doreen Dunn was a caring and loving wife and mother, who was an accomplished musician and deeply loved by her husband and two children, when she suffered complications from a medical procedure in 1996 which left her with intractable pain that had drained her strength and stamina for over ten years. She did not, however, suffer from a terminal illness.

Indictments returned last Friday by the Dakota County Grand Jury which became public earlier this afternoon now allege that she eventually decided to end her life with the advice, encouragement or assistance of an organization known as the Final Exit Network. She hid this fact from her family and when her body was found on May 30, 2007 by her husband, it appeared to him, the Dakota County Medical Examiner, and the Apple Valley Police Department that her death was from natural causes. Doreen Dunn was 57 years old at the time of her death.

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