The Conundrum of Jack Kevorkian

Why is Jack Kevorkian still alive? The assisted-suicide enthusiast, who says he helped some 130 people kill themselves, is in prison for the 1998 murder of Thomas Youk, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. While Kevorkian says he never actively killed anyone before Youk — he instead helped the afflicted kill themselves — the death doc personally injected Youk with poison in 1998 and videotaped the procedure so it could be aired on “60 Minutes.”

Kevorkian said he killed Youk on camera because he wanted to challenge Michigan’s assisted-suicide law. He told the Oakland Press of Michigan he wanted a “showdown”: “I want to be prosecuted for euthanasia. I am going to prove that this is not a crime, ever, regardless of what words are written on paper.”

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