'Kindly Death' a new story by John Bryson

A visitation of Kindly Death is recorded by the Law List in a glass cabinet beside the sandstone doorway of Court Four in the City Courthouse, the sole item for the day’s business, and for many days:

Trial: R v Ali Bashir. (1) Murder (2) Assist Suicide.

The second count, rather than the first, is the reason for the presence of a dozen people holding a protest across the busy roadway, where they had been moved by a uniformed Sherriff’s Officer from the footway of the Courthouse, under threat of contempt, since they are holding their placards high and handing pamphlets to anyone entering the gates, including potential jurors. Their chant and their placards send much the same message: Mercy Killing is Murder; Care not Euthanasia; Killing is Evil; There is No Mercy in Killing.

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