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An advocate of assisted-suicide Dr Kevorkian has recently been convicted of 2nd degree murder for an assisted-suicide and faces up to 25 years Kevorkian claims to have assisted in over 130 suicides since 1990 Three earlier juries have acquitted him and a mistrial was declared in his fourth case In his most recent case he was charged with murder for the lethal injection of 52 year old Thomas Youk who suffered from Lou Gehrigs disease Youk was the first case in which Kevorkian delivered the fatal dose of drugs himself He filmed the death and turned it over to 60 Minutes essentially for publicity and to end up in court again Although Kevorkian wanted to be in court to battle the issue of assisted suicide Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor John Skrzynski told the jury that This case is not about the right to die This case is about Jack Kevorkians right to kill 1 Beyond the issue at hand the fact is that Dr Kevorkian killed someone for which he was on trial Whether or not it is ethical or morally correct he was on trial for the murder of a man which he obviously committed He was also convicted of delivering a controlled substance and he may serve up to an additional seven years for that offence Many people are upset about his conviction including the Youk family however the justice system is very pleased with it Judge Jessica Cooper reproached Kevorkian whose medical license was revoked eight years ago for his blatant dismissal of the law No one sir is above the law No one she said 2 The legal system is obviously very pleased with the conviction because Kevorkian has evaded the law for so long by taking part in so many assisted-suicides and not serving any time Because he filmed this one and showed it on national TV the prosecution had a much better case and was able to
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