- The Washington Times - Friday, June 1, 2007

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist dubbed “Dr. Death” for claims that he participated in at least 130 assisted suicides, left prison after eight years yesterday still believing people have the right to die.

A smiling Kevorkian, now 79, said it was “one of the high points in life” as he walked out with his attorney.

Mike Wallace, the correspondent for “60 Minutes,” whose airing of a Kevorkian-aided suicide led to the charges and prison term, met Kevorkian outside with an embrace and the words, “What do you say, young man?”

Kevorkian is to appear in a CBS-TV “60 Minutes” segment tomorrow, and his attorney Mayer Morganroth said his client planned to hold a press conference Tuesday.

“He thanks everybody for coming. He thanks the thousands who have supported him, have written to him, and the enormous amount of people who have really been comfortable in supporting him,” Mr. Morganroth said. “He just wants a little privacy for the next few days.”

“You think I’m going to obey the law? You’re crazy,” he said in 1998 shortly before he was accused and then convicted of murder after injecting lethal drugs into Thomas Youk, 52, an Oakland County man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Kevorkian had videotaped Mr. Youk’s death and sent it to “60 Minutes.”

The conviction earned Kevorkian a 10- to 25-year sentence for second-degree murder, but he earned time off his sentence for good behavior.

He is expected to now move to Bloomfield Hills, just outside Detroit, where he will live with friends and resume the artistic and musical hobbies he missed in prison. His lawyer and friends have said he plans to live on a small pension and Social Security while doing some writing and make some speeches.

Kevorkian will be on parole for two years, and one of the conditions he must meet is that he can’t help anyone else die. He is also prohibited from providing care for anyone who is older than 62 or is disabled.

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