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Jack Kevorkian Released From Prison


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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 said it was "one of the high points of life" as he walked out with his attorney and "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace.

 

Inmates inside the prison had been milling about all morning for a glimpse of the 79-year-old, while reporters and television vans greeted him on the outside with cameras and questions.

 

Kevorkian attorney Mayer Morganroth said his client planned a news conference next week.

 

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.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=3233593

 

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I don't think that he should have been jailed for assisted suicide, as long as the persons involved agreed in writing that they wanted to have their suffering ended. I think it's far more humane to end someone's life if they are suffering, rather than force them to live in agony.

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And while the law is in effect, blantantly ignoring it gets people sent to prison. Its a gamble one makes when challenging a law through actions, if it gets overturned in the appellate process (like lawrence v. texas) then its all well and good. But if you lose, you did the crime so you have to do the time.

 

And the rationale is exactly the issue of consent. Who can give it? When can it be given? Thats why it hasn't been legalized yet.

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