325. Jack Kevorkian: Hero or Murderer?

One of the most controversial figures in the of the United States of America was Dr. Kevorkian. He was a pathologist, euthanasia advocate, and , who came into fame during the late 1990s. died in 2011. Kevorkian was a firm believer euthanasia for the terminally ill. He designed a machine that helped 130 people end their lives. was persecuted throughout his career as a suicide , and was convicted in 1999 for his involvement an assisted suicide. He served eight years in , and was released in 2007 after agreeing to longer assist with anyone's suicide.

Kevorkian had a time working as a pathologist at the University Michigan, where he earned his doctorate degree. He not see eye to eye with his employers, chose to leave the hospital to pursue his interests. In 1987, Kevorkian purchased advertising space in newspapers as a "death consultant." His first known suicide was for a 54-year-old woman who suffered advanced Alzheimer's disease. Kevorkian was not charged in case because Michigan did not have a law place regarding assisted suicide. The state did file charges initially, but those charges were dropped. The Medical Board, however, did strip Kevorkian on his practitioner's license.

Kevorkian defended himself at subsequent trials claiming he took no action to assist in patient's suicide. He had invented a machine that designed to be operated by the person using machine. Therefore, Kevorkian argued he had no hand causing the death of his patients. His patients complete control of the suicide from start to . Kevorkian's role in the deaths was to simply attach his patients to his machine. The rest up to them. Some called Kevorkian a raging who lost his mind, while others called him angel for helping to end the suffering of patients.





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