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- Jack Kevorkian
- Second Degree Murder
- Served eight years of a ten to twenty five year prison sentence
The arrest of Dr. Jack Kevorkian:
He was a medical doctor, a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. However, he achieved his notoriety and the nickname "Dr. Death", because Jack Kevorkian was the public champion of physician assisted suicide in the United States. He claimed to have helped more than 100 patients die and his famous quote was: "Dying is not a crime."
His ideas didn't happen overnight. He developed them over decades, starting in a 1959 journal article. He chose to leave his job at the University of Michigan rather than stop his advocacy.
His first publicly assisted suicide of an Alzheimer's patient took place in 1990.
Kevorkian's attorney says the doctor helped some 130 people terminally ill people die between 1990 and 1998.
He was tried four times for assisting in suicides between May 1994 and June 1997.
In 1999, Dr. Kevorkian was convicted of second degree murder in a case of voluntary euthanasia and served eight years of a ten to twenty five year prison sentence. He was paroled in June, 2007 on the strict condition that he would neither advise nor participate in another euthanasia suicide ever again.
Dr. Kevorkian died a few days after his 83rd birthday, after suffering from kidney problems, liver cancer and pneumonia. There were no artificial attempts to keep him alive.
Al Pacino portrayed Jack Kevorkian in the 2010 TV film "You Don't Know Jack."