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I'm so sorry about the situation that your B-I-L is in. I would advise your family to hire an attorney skilled in end of life litigation to assist with this matter. Unfortunately there's not much you can do without an attorney. Just so you're aware of the law, California recently passed an end of life/assisted suicide bill but it doesn't go into effect until June of this year. Therefore, it's exceptionally important to have a good attorney on your side. It is astonishing to me that the state would want to put away someone with cancer (perhaps terminal... is it terminal?) but unfortunately the law dictates a lot of what prosecutors do - and sometimes there just isn't a lot of wiggle room. Was the wife diagnosed with alzheimers definitively? It would be very helpful if she was not, because at that point it wouldn't be murder - it would be attempted joint suicide, but that's something a lawyer can disentangle (and medical experts may be required to do so).
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