June 1, 2007
The man known as Dr. Death has his life back.
"It was the experience of a lifetime," said Dr. Jack Kevorkian, recently released from prison.
Kevorkian walked out of the Coldwater Prison in Michigan a free man after spending more than eight and a half years behind bars for second-degree murder.
"You sure you want to go through with this?" said Kevorkian in an interview with 60 Minutes.
Kevorkian was locked up in 1999 for administering a fatal injection to a
LS sufferer Thomas Youk. Youk was one of more than 130 people that Kevorkian helped die in the '90s.
"Jack was the only person providing people with a choice when they found themselves in a difficult situation at the end of life," said Terrence Youk, Thomas' brother.
Kevorkian gained worldwide notoriety for his support of assisted
suicide for the terminally ill. As controversial as he was when he
went to prison, when he left Friday, there was a lot of media but no
protesters and no supporters either.
In fact, Oregon is the only state to have passed an assisted suicide law. Measures have failed in Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, Washington, Hawaii and Kevorkian's home state of Michigan. Next week,
California votes on a measure.
Kevorkian will be on a unique parole for the next two years. He will not
be allowed to care for anyone over age 62, and he can not provide advice or counseling on assisted suicide. He can, however, still be an advocate.
One of the first things Kevorkian did after leaving prison was to sit
down for an interview with 60 Minutes, the same program that aired the euthanasia that sent him to prison.
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