Judge says doctors involved in Ontario’s first assisted death court case will not be named

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TORONTO – An Ontario judge says the identities of doctors who might help a terminally ill man kill himself can be kept secret.The judge says confidentiality orders are needed to avoid unwanted publicity and media attention for the man, his family and physicians involved.READ MORE: Calgary woman with ALS first in Alberta to be granted physician-assisted deathThe 80-year-old man will be asking the courts to approve his request for doctor-assisted suicide later this month.He did not ask for the hearing itself to be closed, only that the names of those involved be kept secret.The judge calls that a reasonable compromise.He says there are good reason to proceed anonymously, including sparing everyone from unwanted publicity.

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