On This Date in Legal History

On June 3, 2011, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, dubbed “Doctor Death,” passed away. He was the first American doctor to aggressively advocate for physician-assisted suicide. He assisted many terminally ill individuals die, using an unconventional method– homemade suicide machines. He was eventually convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 (when he represented himself). PBS has an informative timeline that traces his life and work as a crusader in this controversial area at http://goo.gl/HfoQaK. In addition, HBO is showing a movie now about him, and the legal challenges he faced– You Don’t Know Jack. CNN has an informative article, Physician-Assisted Suicide Fast Facts. It summarizes the various state laws in this area at  http://goo.gl/1veZJJ.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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