Michigan Court Upholds Kevorkian Conviction

LANSING, Michigan, NOV. 21, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of assisted-suicide proponent Jack Kevorkian in the death of a man that was shown on television, the Associated Press reported.

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The decision, announced today, said finding euthanasia legal would be a first step down a "slippery slope.”

Kevorkian, 73, who says he has assisted in more than 130 deaths, is serving a 10- to 25-year sentence for the September 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, who was terminally ill with Lou Gehrig´s disease.

Kevorkian had videotaped himself injecting Youk with a lethal dose of potassium chloride and gave the tape to CBS´ “60 Minutes.” The tape was broadcast in November 1998, and prosecutors responded with a murder charge.

Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder in March 1999. He told the court his actions were “a medical service for an agonized human being.” His attorney Mayer Morganroth said he planned to appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court and to federal courts, if necessary.

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