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article imageKevorkian Released from Prison

By bobSP     Jun 1, 2007 in Crime
"Dr. Death," Jack Kevorkian, has been released after serving an 8-year prison sentence. For the next two years, Kevorkian will be on parole, living outside Detroit. 60 Minutes has jumped on the chance to interview the public face of assisted suicide.
Kevorkian was sentenced to a 10 to 25 year sentence for second degree murder after he injected lethal drugs into Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old man with Lou Gehrig's disease. Kevorkian was sentenced in 1998 but earned time off for good behavior.
The controversial retired pathologist was hugged by Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes when he was released. It's an appropriate partnership, because Wallace's interview with Kevorkian will air this Sunday on the popular newsmagazine show. (It's an ironic move by Kevorkian, because it was his taped euthanasia video, sent to 60 Minutes in 1998, that helped land him a conviction)
It is believed that Kevorkian will now move to a city just outside Detroit. He has promised to never again assist a suicide, but he still believes that his assisted suicides were not wrong and that outside forces should not be able to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship.
As of now, Oregon is the only state where a patient can ask a doctor for an assisted suicide, and then only if the patient has six months or less to live.
For the next two years, Kevorkian will be on parole. He is forbidden from caring for anyone age 62 or older or anyone who is disabled. The Detroit News reports: As a condition of his parole, Kevorkian is barred from assisting suicides, though he is permitted to express his views on the subject.Also, Kevorkian plans to live on a small pension and Social Security. He is interested in giving speeches in his spare time, although he expects they all won't be on euthanasia or assisted suicide.
I wonder if Kevorkian will stay 'straight' or be caught helping another patient's suicide.. he says he won't but I'm a bit skeptical since he believes so strongly in this cause. What do you all think? Should Kevorkian have filled out his sentence, or was this the right move to let him out after 8 years?
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