Magazine article The Christian Century

Kevorkian Sentenced to Ten to 25 Years

Magazine article The Christian Century

Kevorkian Sentenced to Ten to 25 Years

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A judge in Pontiac, Michigan, sentenced Dr. Jack Kevorkian April 13 to ten to 25 years in prison for his role in the videotaped and widely watched televised death of a patient suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). "No one, sir, is above the law. No one," Judge Jessica Cooper said in lecturing the euthanasia crusader. Cooper also sentenced the 70-year-old Kevorkian, a retired pathologist, to three to seven years in prison for delivery of a controlled substance--the drugs injected into 52-year-old Thomas Youk, an accountant.

Kevorkian, who lost his license to practice medicine in Michigan eight years ago, injected Youk with a lethal cocktail of chemicals on September 17 at York's home and videotaped the death. The video was shown two months later on CBS's 60 Minutes. Kevorkian, who could have been sentenced to life in prison, was convicted of second-degree murder March 26. "This trial was not about the political or moral correctness of euthanasia," Cooper told Kevorkian. …

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