published Monday, July 18th, 2011

Murderer suing state for saving his life

DENVER — A convicted murderer is suing the state of Colorado for saving his life after his heart stopped beating.

Daniel Self says he suffers from sleep apnea and he ordered prison guards not to resuscitate him if he stopped breathing. The 54-year-old says in a lawsuit filed in federal court that prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his right to refuse medical treatment when he stopped breathing in 2009.

Self tells the Denver Post death would be a welcome relief after he was convicted in 2003 of killing 24-year-old Leah Gee, who was pregnant.

Self says Gee shot herself.

A Colorado prisons spokeswoman says the state has not been served with Self's lawsuit and she could not comment about the case because it is in litigation.

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maryjanp said...

That does seem cruel to save him so you can put him through it again to kill him. Abolish the death penalty. It cost more than keeping a man for life. God could have plans for that man even in prison. We are not God. "Let the one w/o sin cast the first stone" Some Christian nation we are.

July 18, 2011 at 11:57 a.m.
harrystatel said...

Jesus was talking to the prostitute and addressed the crowd. "He who is without sin, let them cast the first stone!" A huge rock comes over the crowd, hits the woman and kills her. Jesus said, "Mother, I told you to stay home!"

July 18, 2011 at 1:37 p.m.
LibDem said...

I don't think the report indicates that Mr. Self is under a death sentence, and you probably have to sign a document declining life saving efforts. It does say "...he ordered prison guards not to resuscitate him...". Prison guards may not deal well with orders from prisoners.

July 18, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
LibDem said...

If they'd allowed him to expire, I bet his family would sue.

July 18, 2011 at 2:06 p.m.
Chiyote said...

@Mary, thank god we are not a Christian nation! We have no national religion, and government has no right to make decisions based on religious beliefs. Nor are we a Muslim nation, a Jewish Nation, a Satanic Nation, or a Pagan nation. We are a nation of many people of many beliefs. Seeing as how most Christians miss the boat, often misunderstanding their own beliefs, I think it best that a majority of "fundamentalist" christians, stay out of politics. They are too assumptive. Case in point, where does it say that this man is on death row??

July 18, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
Chiyote said...

lol, @Jack. You's silly. Cute picture too!!

July 18, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
Chiyote said...

And here I didn't get you anything! Perhaps some EnglishLESSons C0u1d B3 h3lpf(_)l? Or perspective? For example, my comment was to Mary, the first poster, and honestly had little to do with the article, just her opinion of the article. Thanks for playing though. Your comments are always appreciated on TFP.com!

July 18, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

Without something in writing, I doubt the guards had any legal alternative in the matter. I think his case probably won't go that far.

July 18, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
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