Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist, activist
Jack Kevorkian
Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian, commonly known as "Dr. Death", was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said, "dying is not a crime". In 1999, Kevorkian was arrested and tried for his direct role in a case of voluntary euthanasia.
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Nightlife Photographer Patrick McMullan Explains What It's Like To Party For A Living
Huffington Post - 5 months
When Patrick McMullan was in the ninth grade, he told his guidance counselor he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. When pressed to provide some sort of career outlook, he said what most teens would say: “Well, I like going to parties.” The guidance counselor was less than impressed, telling McMullan, “Well, forget it. You’re never going to find a job going to parties.”  And then, he did. McMullan, who recently syndicated his entire collection of photographs with Getty Images to increase their visibility, has become a mainstay in the celebrity nightlife scene. Over the years, he’s given us myriad iconic photos (like the one below of a young Leonardo DiCaprio goofing around in New York City.) Not only has he managed to carve a spot for himself in the industry, he’s also made plenty of famous friends along the way. McMullan’s interest in shooting celebrity nightlife stems from his general love of parties and a desire to capture all types of people. Building relat ...
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Perspective for Profit
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If the Fox News Channel has taught us anything, it's that opinions are priceless. That network has built a billion dollar dynasty on dissuasion - whether you approve of its tactics or not. While many Americans make up their own minds and decide for themselves what they think and what they believe in, many millions more prefer to be told what to think and what to believe in by people they trust. There's no judgement in that statement. It's fact and FNC's ratings are all the proof you need. While I have absolutely zero tolerance for a news outlet to slant its news coverage and/or alter the facts to further one political agenda, I believe there absolutely is a place for opinion in a newscast. Long before FNC began postulating its point-of-view, a few local stations had discovered the art of commentary. I'm not talking about those general managers who do an awkward, one-minute editorial at the end of a newscast urging you to consider voting for a new waste water treatment plant. I'm talk ...
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Wikipedia & Deepak Chopra II: Top 5 Most Inaccurate Claims
Huffington Post - about 1 year
An Insider's Point-by-Point Rebuttal of the Bias and Deception on One of Wikipedia's Most Contentious Pages Note: Referenced material includes links to Wikipedia Differences Between Revisions, unalterable snapshots of online conversations. Since the first article was published about Wikipedia's dishonest biography on Deepak Chopra and the online harassment that surrounds it, three major developments have occurred. First the Wikipedia editors involved dramatically increased their condemnation of Dr. Chopra, and secondly they harassed the writer of the article across Wikipedia and the internet. Given that this was precisely the behavior they were being critiqued for, these consequences were predictable. The third consequence was more surprising: the public, including Wikipedians, voiced their outrage at the manipulation of facts, sharing and retweeting the article thousands of times. As disgraceful as the denigration of a man for ideological purposes is, it was the systematic distor ...
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Wikipedia and Deepak Chopra: Open-Source Character Assassination
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When collaborative editing devolves into mob mentality it is not just the individual being abused who suffers, it is everyone who trusts in the integrity of Wikipedia. I am a director of ISHARonline.org, a Chopra Foundation Initiative, but the views expressed here are entirely my own, inspired by my own long experience as a Wikipedia editor and my concern over its integrity. Wikipedia is one of the great success stories of the Information Age: a free, open-source encyclopedia with over 37 million articles in 250 languages, all compiled by anonymous volunteer editors. There are no managers, no pay, and anyone can be an editor. It is one of the first results on any search engine and is the most common source of information for anyone first learning about a topic. These topics are generally objective and educational, and Wikipedia reports that its reliability rating approaches the Encyclopedia Britannica. While systemic bias admittedly exists on Wikipedia, it is supposedly limited to ...
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Michigan library acquires papers of assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Kevorkian
Yahoo News - over 1 year
A University of Michigan library said on Tuesday that it has acquired the papers of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, an assisted-suicide advocate known nationally as "Dr. Death" for helping more than 100 people end their lives. The papers, which were donated by Kevorkian's niece Ava Janus, comprise materials spanning 1911 to 2014 and are open to the public, according to the university's Bentley Historical Library. A pathologist, Kevorkian, who died at the age of 83 in 2011, was focused on death and dying long before he ignited a polarizing national debate on assisted suicide.
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Rob Taub: Ed Pressman and Al Pacino Set to Make Paterno Film
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With his round owl-like glasses, Ed Pressman looks like a college professor or perhaps even an art director from Mad Men, although he is neither. Pressman is the producer responsible for memorable movies like Wall Street, Hoffa and Reversal of Fortune as well as The Cooler, one of my favorite independent films. Pressman seems to have to have a perpetual twinkle in his eye along with what I'm guessing is a continual wry inward chuckle as well. At the moment, Pressman is putting together what looks to be a very interesting and controversial feature film about Joe Paterno. Brian De Palma is set to direct and Al Pacino will play the legendary yet ultimately disgraced coach. The two have already collaborated on Scarface and Carlito's Way, and after playing Jack Kevorkian and Phil Spector, Pacino will have the opportunity to portray another notorious and tragic character. They've enlisted the services of screenwriter David McKenna, who has already completed a treatment. I h ...
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Howard Steven Friedman: A Modest Proposal: Introduction
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The following is the opening piece to the recently released, A Modest Proposal for America: Taxes, Entitlements, and the Manufactured Crisis of Federal Finance. 'Tis a melancholy object indeed, the financial news. Newspapers, television pundits, and the Internet alike are spewing out dire statistics about the massive burden that retiring and soon-to-be-retiring Baby Boomers are imposing on the nation's economy. With their ceaseless demands for everything from knee replacements and hair transplants to artificial hearts and Viagra, their health care costs alone are astronomical and growing exponentially. At the same time, the incessant whining of the poor for food, shelter, education, and other such extravagances has raised the decibel level so high that it's scarcely possible to enjoy a polo match or savor a glass of Château Lafite in peace. Whether the staunchest conservative or the most weak-kneed liberal, no one can deny that this country's social spending is on a sli ...
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Caryn James: TV Review: Al Pacino, Phil Spector, and Media Justice
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The gigantic frizzed-out wig on Al Pacino's head might be enough to make you curious about Phil Spector, the new HBO drama written and directed by David Mamet. In a multitude of wigs as conspicuously creepy as the actual Spector's, Pacino plays the fantastically successful music producer and reputed loony-tunes guy convicted of the 2007 murder in his home of Hollywood wannabe and club hostess Lana Clarkson. The first question the film raises isn't about the murder, though. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin? Pacino the actor who can still dazzle, or the over-the-top sputtering blowhard? Mamet the disciplined writer of The Untouchables and Glengarry Glen Ross or the self-indulgent filmmaker (The Winslow Boy) who dictates that everyone to speak in artificial, terse Mamet-talk? Phil Spector veers toward the good -- although slick and easy -- and has the great added strength of Helen Mirren as Spector's re ...
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WATCH: Bizarre First Look At 'Phil Spector'
Popeater - about 4 years
In the later stages of his career, Al Pacino has found a home playing elderly tabloid fixtures. He appeared as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," was recently cast as Joe Paterno in a movie about the Penn State sex scandal and also stars as Phil Spector in the HBO film "Phil Spector." That last film airs on HBO this March, and the cable network debuted a new trailer for "Phil Spector" on Monday. Alternate lede: Al Pacino's wail of sound in on display in the HBO movie "Phil Spector." Directed by David Mamet, who you know as Zosia's dad, "Phil Spector" is a look Spector's 2007 murder trial and his relationship with defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren). Spector was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson; the 2007 trial resulted in a hung jury, but Spector was tried again in 2008 and convicted of murder in 2009. He's currently serving a 19-years-to-life sentence in a California prison. “He doesn’t go out to the yard too often,” Lt ...
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'Why Am I Still Doing This?'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK — Al Pacino, energized by a conversation that has inevitably turned to the intricacies of acting, is snapping his fingers. "When you get me on the acting trail, I get on that train," he says, punctuating what he calls an improvised "thesis on time" with staccato snaps. The 72-year-old may be gray-haired and a little worn, but he remains, like a dancer, always on his toes, and still enamored of the "crazy, crazy, crazy thing" that is acting: "You're always looking for what's going to feed you, what's going to feed the spirit and get you going." And Pacino is still getting going. Yet the subject of time – how much is needed to find a character (years in some cases, he says) and how it dictates the parts he chooses now – played a large role in a recent interview with the actor at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. "Sometimes I'm tempted to say, `Why am I doing this? Why am I still doing this?'" he says. "Then, after I don't do it for a while, I say: `Oh, ...
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Discover the Prior Lifetimes of Celebrities, Musicians and Cultural Icons Including Steve Jobs, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Mother Theresa, Jack Kevorkian and Others
Yahoo News - about 4 years
World Renowned Psychic and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sylvia Browne Reveals Past Lives of Rich and Famous Icons in New BookSan Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 26, 2012 Ever been introduced to someone for the first time yet had an overwhelming sense of of having met previously? Ever visited a new city or country yet felt completely at home? How does a child who has never taken a lesson suddenly begin playing the piano with the skill of a virtuoso? Ask those questions of scientists, theologians, psychologists and other experts on human behavior and one will likely hear the word ...
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Assisted suicide: Easing death
The Economist - over 4 years
SINCE 1999, when an American court gave Jack Kevorkian a lengthy jail sentence after he admitted helping 130 patients to die, a big change has quietly taken place. Next month voters in Massachusetts will decide whether a terminally ill patient, with less than six months to live, will be able to ask for a doctor’s help in committing suicide. If, as expected, the vote goes in favour of the proposal, the state will become the third in America to liberalise its laws. Assisted suicide is already permitted in seven countries and states and is now being debated in New Zealand, Quebec, Australia and Britain (see article). It is to be hoped that the current wave of liberalisation will continue, for those who suffer at the end of their lives have been too long denied the right to an easeful death.Liberalisation reflects a shift in public opinion. A growing belief in people’s right to self-determination over their life and death, secularisation and media coverage of hard cases...
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Trey Ellis: Obama Could've Closed the Deal Last Night... But Didn't
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Like every other American left terrified by the previous debate -- having stared into the abyss of the likelihood of a Romney presidency -- last night I cheered the TV as the president battled back against a privileged, spoiled bully. Last night Obama did most everything he needed to do to arrest Romney's momentum and probably squeak forward to reelection. Yet last night the president still left unsaid what he plans to do in his second term. Romney, on the other hand, trumpets a clear message of hope and of change. He was most effective last night when he ticked off the litany of economic woes and then said, "I know what it takes to make an economy work... If you elect President Obama, you know what you're going to get -- you're going to get a repeat of the last four years." This, in a nutshell, is Romney's entire campaign: He's an expert on the economy and Obama back in office would be simply more of the same. Sure, Romney lost the debate, but he still accomplished ...
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Al Pacino As Joe Paterno?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Al Pacino may play Joe Paterno in a new movie about the late Penn State football coach, reports Deadline.com's Mike Fleming. The film would be based on Joe Posnanski's biography of Paterno, which detailed the last two years of the coach's life. Paterno, who died in January, was one of college football's most famous coaches, racking up a record 409 wins before a child sex abuse scandal involving Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky forever changed Paterno's reputation. The abuse -- which happened throughout the coach's tenure at the university -- was concealed by Paterno to protect the school's reputation. The NCAA took action against Paterno and Penn State after his death, banning the team from bowl games for the next four years, fining the school $60 million, and -- in a damaging blow to Paterno's on-field legacy -- removing all the team's wins between 1998 and 2011. The 111 vacated wins drop Paterno's formerly record total to 298. Sandusky was convicted in July of ...
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Hemlock Society (2012) Bengali Film Review
Calcutta Tube - over 4 years
Hemlock Society has no poison within Script,  Dialogue  and  Direction : Srijit Mukherjii Cast: Parambrata Chatterjee, Koel Mallick, Dipankar De, Roopa Ganguly, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sabitri Chatterjee, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Bratya Basu, Raj Chakraborty, Sohag Sen, Barun Chanda, Priyanka, Srijit Mukherjii, Jeet, Silajit, Sudeshna Ray, Anindita Bose, Saheb Chattopadhyay etc. More accomplished than his past two movies Autograph & Baishey Shrabon, Srijit Mukherji`s Hemlock Society is a film partially inspired by Barry Levinson`s 2010  television film You Don’t Know Jack (based in part on the book, Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s Life And The Battle To Legalize Euthanasia) starring Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian and  won 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, for outstanding lead actor Al Pacino  along with the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award in 2011 for his role as Kevorkian. But basic difference between Srijit and Barry is on the outlook. Barry Levinson`s loo ...
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Karen Bergreen: CeleFusion
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Brangelina, Bennifer, Bennifer II, Speidi, TomKat. Bring them on... In the age of 140 characters or less, these nicknames are a blessing. Let's face it, saying "and" can be a nuisance and the "'n'" thing seems too hokey. Blended names are fun fun fun. I would like to pitch some of these real and fictional couple monikers to historical text and literature criticism. See if you get following references to real (and fictional couples) • Adeve • Jabigail • Markepatra • Guinelot • Tristolde • Romeiet • Odysselope • Jochantas • Spencarine • Scarlrhett • Walliward • Napolephine • Evolph • Frelinor • Juavita • Friego Answer key: Adam & Eve; John & Abigail Adams; Mark Antony & Cleopatra; Guinevere & Lancelot; Tristan & Isolde; Romeo & Juliet; Odysseus & Penelope; John Smith & Pocahontas: Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; Scarlett and Rhett, Wallis Simpson & King Edward VIII, Napoleon & Josephine, Adolph Hitler &am ...
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'An Ordinary Family Facing Extraordinary Circumstances'
Warminster - almost 5 years
Eight years. That's how long Jimmy Miley held in the story about what happened in 1997. He tried talking to his family about it the day after, but they didn't want to hear it. So, Miley kept his head down and laid low until 2005, when he began hanging around Five Ponds golf course and telling pieces of the story to the workers there. Miley was afraid of the reaction when he told people that he took his brother, Buddy, to Michigan and met Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who helped Buddy end his life. "The guys at the golf course were really supportive when I told them," said Miley. "That helped me a lot. I was afraid to go to church with my mom, because of what I helped my brother do." Miley began opening up just at the right time, because it wasn't long before he was approached by Mark Kram, Jr., who expressed interest in writing a book about the Mileys and the situation surrounding Buddy's death. With Tuesday's release of Kram's book, Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion, Miley ...
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Morning Media Newsfeed 04.09.12
Media Bistro - almost 5 years
Click here to receive mediabistro.com's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. Mike Wallace Dies At 93 (TVNewser) Legendary CBS newsman Mike Wallace has died at the age of 93. Wallace was a staple on CBS for a half-century, and was most well-known for his reports on newsmagazine 60 Minutes, for which he served as a correspondent. Wallace was one of the original correspondents on that program when it debuted in 1968, and remained a regular contributor up until 2008. NYT On its website, CBS said Wallace died at a care facility in New Canaan, Conn., where he had lived in recent years. Wallace, who received a pacemaker more than 20 years ago, had a long history of cardiac care and underwent triple bypass heart surgery in January 2008. Yahoo! News / The Cutline Wallace, whose "probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview -- a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago," died "peacefully" Saturday night, surrounded by fam ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Kevorkian
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  • 2011
    Age 82
    Kevorkian had struggled with kidney problems for years. He was diagnosed with liver cancer, which "may have been caused by hepatitis C," according to his longtime friend Neal Nicol. Kevorkian was hospitalized on May 18, 2011, with kidney problems and pneumonia.
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    In 2011, his paintings became the center of a legal entanglement between his sole heir and a Massachusetts museum.
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    In 2011, disability rights and anti-legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia group Not Dead Yet spoke out against Kevorkian, citing potentially concerning sentiments he expressed in his published writing.
    More Details Hide Details For instance, on page 214 of Prescription: Medicide, the Goodness of Planned Death, Kevorkian wrote that assisting “suffering or doomed persons kill themselves” was “merely the first step, an early distasteful professional obligation What I find most satisfying is the prospect of making possible the performance of invaluable experiments or other beneficial medical acts under conditions that this first unpleasant step can help establish — in a word obitiatry.” In a journal article, The last fearsome taboo: Medical aspects of planned death, Kevorkian also detailed anesthetizing, experimenting on and harvesting the organs of a disabled newborn as a token of "daring and highly imaginative research" that would be possible "beyond the constraints of traditional but outmoded, hopelessly inadequate, and essentially irrelevant ethical codes now sustained for the most part by vacuous sentimental reverence."
  • 2010
    Age 81
    Kevorkian was again interviewed by Cavuto on Your World on April 19, 2010 regarding the movie and Kevorkian's world view.
    More Details Hide Details You Don't Know Jack premiered April 24, 2010 on HBO. The film premiered April 14 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Kevorkian walked the red carpet alongside Al Pacino, who portrayed him in the film. Pacino received Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his portrayal, and personally thanked Kevorkian, who was in the audience, upon receiving both of these awards. Kevorkian stated that both the film and Pacino's performance "brings tears to my eyes – and I lived through it". On March 12, 2008, Kevorkian announced plans to run for United States Congress to represent Michigan's 9th congressional district against eight-term congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-Bloomfield Hills), former state senator Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township), Adam Goodman (L-Royal Oak) and Douglas Campbell. (G-Ferndale). Kevorkian ran as an independent and received 8,987 votes (2.6% of the vote).
    On April 15 and 16, 2010, Kevorkian appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, Anderson asked, "You are saying doctors play God all the time?" Kevorkian said: "Of course.
    More Details Hide Details Anytime you interfere with a natural process, you are playing God." Director Barry Levinson and actors Susan Sarandon and John Goodman, who appeared in You Don't Know Jack, a film based on Kevorkian's life, were interviewed alongside Kevorkian.
    In a 2010 interview with Sanjay Gupta, Kevorkian stated an objection to the status of assisted suicide in Oregon, Washington, and Montana.
    More Details Hide Details At that time, only in those three states was assisted suicide legal in the United States, and then only for terminally ill patients. To Gupta, Kevorkian stated, "What difference does it make if someone is terminal? We are all terminal." In his view, a patient did not have to be terminally ill to be assisted in committing suicide, but did need to be suffering. However, he also said in that same interview that he declined four out of every five assisted suicide requests, on the grounds that the patient needed more treatment or medical records had to be checked.
  • 2009
    Age 80
    He appeared on Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto on September 2, 2009, to discuss health care reform.
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  • 2007
    Age 78
    After applying for a pardon, parole, or commutation by the parole board and Governor Jennifer Granholm, he was paroled for good behavior on June 1, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He had spent eight years and two and a half months in prison. Kevorkian was on parole for two years, under the conditions that he not help anyone else die, or provide care for anyone older than 62 or disabled. Kevorkian said he would abstain from assisting any more terminal patients with death, and his role in the matter would strictly be to persuade states to change their laws on assisted suicide. He was also forbidden by the rules of his parole from commenting about assisted suicide. Kevorkian gave a number of lectures upon his release. He lectured at universities such as the University of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. His lectures were not limited to the topic of euthanasia; he also discussed such topics as tyranny, the criminal justice system, politics, the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Armenian culture.
    He was released on parole on June 1, 2007, on condition he would not offer advice nor participate nor be present in the act of any type of suicide involving euthanasia to any other person; as well as neither promote nor talk about the procedure of assisted suicide.
    More Details Hide Details As an oil painter and a jazz musician, Kevorkian marketed limited quantities of his visual and musical artwork to the public.
  • 2006
    Age 77
    Reportedly terminally ill with Hepatitis C, which he contracted while doing research on blood transfusions, Kevorkian was expected to die within a year in May 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 76
    On December 22, 2005, Kevorkian was denied parole by a board on the count of 7–2 recommending not to give parole.
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    In an MSNBC interview aired on September 29, 2005, Kevorkian said that if he were granted parole, he would not resume directly helping people die and would restrict himself to campaigning to have the law changed.
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  • 1999
    Age 70
    On March 26, 1999, Kevorkian was charged with second-degree murder and the delivery of a controlled substance (administering the lethal injection to Thomas Youk).
    More Details Hide Details Because Kevorkian's license to practice medicine had been revoked eight years previously, he was not legally allowed to possess the controlled substance. As homicide law is relatively fixed and routine, this trial was markedly different from earlier ones that involved an area of law in flux (assisted suicide). Kevorkian discharged his attorneys and proceeded through the trial representing himself, a decision he later regretted. The judge ordered a criminal defense attorney to remain available at trial as standby counsel for information and advice. Inexperienced in law but persisting in his efforts to represent himself, Kevorkian encountered great difficulty in presenting his evidence and arguments. He was not able to call any witnesses to the stand as the judge did not deem the testimony of any of his witnesses relevant. After a two-day trial, the Michigan jury found Kevorkian guilty of second-degree homicide. Judge Jessica Cooper sentenced Kevorkian to serve 10–25 years in prison and told him: "This is a court of law and you said you invited yourself here to take a final stand. But this trial was not an opportunity for a referendum. The law prohibiting euthanasia was specifically reviewed and clarified by the Michigan Supreme Court several years ago in a decision involving your very own cases, sir. So the charge here should come as no surprise to you. You invited yourself to the wrong forum. Well, we are a nation of laws, and we are a nation that tolerates differences of opinion because we have a civilized and a nonviolent way of resolving our conflicts that weighs the law and adheres to the law.
  • 1998
    Age 69
    After Youk provided his fully informed consent (a sometimes complex legal determination made in this case by editorial consensus) on September 17, 1998, Kevorkian himself administered Thomas Youk a lethal injection.
    More Details Hide Details This was highly significant, as all of his earlier clients had reportedly completed the process themselves. During the videotape, Kevorkian dared the authorities to try to convict him or stop him from carrying out mercy killings. Youk's family described the lethal injection as humane, not murder.
    On the November 22, 1998, broadcast of CBS News' 60 Minutes, Kevorkian allowed the airing of a videotape he made on September 17, 1998, which depicted the voluntary euthanasia of Thomas Youk, 52, who was in the final stages of Lou Gehrig's disease.
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  • 1996
    Age 67
    Sludge metal band Acid Bath used his painting "For He is Raised" as the cover art for their 1996 album Paegan Terrorism Tactics.
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  • 1994
    Age 65
    Kevorkian was tried four times for assisting suicides between May 1994 to June 1997.
    More Details Hide Details With the assistance of Fieger, Kevorkian was acquitted three times. The fourth trial ended in a mistrial. The trials helped Kevorkian gain public support for his cause. After Oakland County prosecutor Richard Thompson lost a primary election to a Republican challenger, Thompson attributed the loss in part to the declining public support for the prosecution of Kevorkian and its associated legal expenses.
  • 1992
    Age 63
    In response, Kevorkian's attorney Geoffrey Fieger published an essay stating, "I've never met any doctor who lived by such exacting guidelines as Kevorkian... he published them in an article for the American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Last year he got a committee of doctors, the Physicians of Mercy, to lay down new guidelines, which he scrupulously follows." However, Fieger stated that Kevorkian found it difficult to follow his "exacting guidelines" because of "persecution and prosecution", adding "He's proposed these guidelines saying this is what ought to be done. These are not to be done in times of war, and we're at war."
  • 1990
    Age 61
    According to his lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian assisted in the deaths of 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998.
    More Details Hide Details In each of these cases, the individuals themselves allegedly took the final action which resulted in their own deaths. Kevorkian allegedly assisted only by attaching the individual to a euthanasia device that he had devised and constructed. The individual then pushed a button which released the drugs or chemicals that would end his or her own life. Two deaths were assisted by means of a device which delivered the euthanizing drugs intravenously. Kevorkian called the device a "Thanatron" ("Death machine", from the Greek thanatos meaning "death"). Other people were assisted by a device which employed a gas mask fed by a canister of carbon monoxide, which Kevorkian called the "Mercitron" ("Mercy machine"). My aim was to end suffering. According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, 60% of the patients who committed suicide with Kevorkian's help were not terminally ill, and at least 13 had not complained of pain. The report further asserted that Kevorkian's counseling was too brief (with at least 19 patients dying less than 24 hours after first meeting Kevorkian) and lacked a psychiatric exam in at least 19 cases, 5 of which involved people with histories of depression, though Kevorkian was sometimes alerted that the patient was unhappy for reasons other than their medical condition. (In 1992, Kevorkian himself wrote that it is always necessary to consult a psychiatrist when performing assisted suicides because a person's "mental state is... of paramount importance.") The report also stated that Kevorkian failed to refer at least 17 patients to a pain specialist after they complained of chronic pain, and sometimes failed to obtain a complete medical record for his patients, with at least three autopsies of suicides Kevorkian had assisted with showing the person who committed suicide to have no physical sign of disease.
  • 1989
    Age 60
    His first public assisted suicide, of Janet Adkins, a 54-year-old woman diagnosed in 1989 with Alzheimer's disease, took place in 1990. Charges of murder were dropped on December 13, 1990, as there were, at that time, no laws in Michigan regarding assisted suicide.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, however, the State of Michigan revoked Kevorkian's medical license and made it clear that given his actions, he was no longer permitted to practice medicine or to work with patients.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 58
    In 1987, Kevorkian started advertising in Detroit newspapers as a physician consultant for "death counseling".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 47
    He returned to the idea of using death row inmates for medical purposes after the Supreme Court's 1976 decision in Gregg v. Georgia re-instituted the death penalty.
    More Details Hide Details He advocated harvesting the organs from inmates after the death penalty was carried out for transplant into sick patients, but failed to gain the cooperation of prison officials. As a pathologist at Pontiac General Hospital, Kevorkian experimented with transfusing blood from the recently deceased into live patients. He drew blood from corpses recently brought into the hospital and transferred it successfully into the bodies of hospital staff members. Kevorkian thought that the U.S. military might be interested in using this technique to help wounded soldiers during a battle, but the Pentagon was not interested. In the 1980s, Kevorkian wrote a series of articles for the German journal Medicine and Law that laid out his thinking on the ethics of euthanasia.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 30
    Over a period of decades, Kevorkian developed several controversial ideas related to death. In a 1959 journal article, he wrote:
    More Details Hide Details Senior doctors at the University of Michigan, Kevorkian's employer, opposed his proposal and Kevorkian chose to leave the University rather than stop advocating his ideas. Ultimately, he gained little support for his plan.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 23
    In 1952, he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor.
    More Details Hide Details Kevorkian completed residency training in anatomical and clinical pathology and briefly conducted research on blood transfusion. Kevorkian left the active practice of medicine and was sleeping in his own vehicle from time to time.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1945
    Age 16
    Kevorkian graduated from Pontiac Central High School with honors in 1945, at the age of 17.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on May 26, 1928, to Armenian immigrants.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Levon, was born in the village of Passen, near Erzurum, and his mother, Satenig, was born in the village of Govdun, near Sivas. His father moved from Turkey in 1912 and made his way to Pontiac, where he found work at an automobile foundry. Satenig fled the Armenian Genocide of 1915, finding refuge with relatives in Paris, and eventually reuniting with her brother in Pontiac. Levon and Satenig met through the Armenian community in their city, where they married and began their family. The couple had a daughter, Margaret, in 1926, followed by son Jack — and, lastly, the third child, Flora.
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