Anorak News | Jack Kevorkian Is Out: ‘Dr Death’ Is Alive And Kicking

Jack Kevorkian Is Out: ‘Dr Death’ Is Alive And Kicking

by | 1st, June 2007

A RIGHT to die? Whose life is it anyway?

COLDWATER, Mich. — Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist dubbed “Dr. Death” for claims that he participated in at least 130 assisted suicides, left prison after eight years Friday still believing people have the right to die.

A smiling Kevorkian, now 79, said it was “one of the high points in life” as he walked out with his attorney.

Mike Wallace, the correspondent for “60 Minutes,” whose airing of a Kevorkian-aided suicide led to the charges and his prison term, met Kevorkian outside with an embrace and the words, “Hello, young man.” Kevorkian is to appear in a “60 Minutes” segment on Sunday.

Attorney Mayer Morganroth said his client planned a news conference on Tuesday.

“He thanks everybody for coming. He thanks the thousands who have supported him, have written to him and the enormous amount of people who have really been comfortable in supporting him,” Morganroth said. “He just wants a little privacy for the next few days.”

Throughout the 1990s, Kevorkian challenged authorities to make his actions legal _ or try to stop him. He burned state orders against him and showed up at court in costume.

“You think I’m going to obey the law? You’re crazy,” he said in 1998 shortly before he was accused _ and then convicted _ of murder after injecting lethal drugs into Thomas Youk, 52, an Oakland County man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Kevorkian had videotaped Youk’s death and sent it to “60 Minutes.”

The conviction earned Kevorkian a 10- to 25-year sentence for second degree murder, but he earned time off his sentence for good behavior.

“Good behaviour”… Patronising. Moi?

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