Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dr. Death to run for Congress in Michigan

~from CNA
Jack Kevorkian, the infamous advocate of physician-assisted suicide, has announced his plans to run for Congress for the ninth district of Michigan, Cybercast News Service reports.

Kevorkian, who has been nicknamed “Dr. Death,” has said he has assisted in more than 130 suicides. Michigan outlawed assisted suicide in 1998. In April 1999 Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years for second-degree murder in the death of Thomas Youk, which he filmed. The film was later broadcast on the CBS newsmagazine show “60 Minutes.”

He was paroled on June 1, 2007, and will remain on parole for two years. His parole conditions require that he not assist in any suicides and that he treats neither disabled patients nor patients over the age of 62.

Kevorkian has said he will continue to press for the legalization of assisted suicide. "It's got to be legalized. That's the point," he told WJBK-TV in Detroit, Mich. "I'll work to have it legalized. But I won't break any laws doing it."

Kevorkian must gather a minimum of 3,000 signatures on nominating petitions by July 17 to appear as an independent on the November ballot.

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