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DETROIT — Jack Kevorkian says assisted suicide has been “discussed to death.”

The assisted-suicide advocate known as “Dr. Death” said Thursday the HBO biographical movie, “You Don’t Know Jack,” is unlikely to inspire much action but he’s delighted and honored by the “superbly done” film about his crusade.

“It may stimulate a little more discussion — maybe even a little more probing discussion,” Mr. Kevorkian told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “But it won’t stimulate anybody to act, I’m sure.”

The 82-year-old from Michigan has claimed he attended more than 130 deaths before being convicted of second-degree murder in 1999. He said only the threat of returning to prison keeps him from assisting in any more suicides.

Mr. Kevorkian, who was released from prison nearly three years ago and spends much of his time writing books, said he continues to provide “moral courage” to the cause. Still, he’s not interested in merely rekindling the debate he helped spur 20 years ago.

He started making headlines on June 4, 1990, when the body of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease was found in his van at an Oakland County park. Janet Adkins, 54, of Portland, Ore., received a lethal dose of drugs by pressing a button on a machine developed by Mr. Kevorkian


Attorney sues Vatican over molestation case

ST. PAUL — An attorney says he is filing a federal lawsuit that accuses Pope Benedict XVI and senior Vatican officials of failing to defrock a Wisconsin priest despite allegations he molested at least 200 deaf children from 1950 to 1975.

Jeff Anderson says the plaintiff was a student at a suburban Milwaukee school for the deaf and an alleged victim of abuse by Rev. Lawrence Murphy.

Mr. Anderson says he will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon at his office in St. Paul, Minn., but that the plaintiff will not attend.

He says the alleged victim sent certified letters to the Vatican in 1995 asking that Father Murphy be defrocked, but that he received no response.

He says the lawsuit also will seek the release of secret Vatican files detailing clergy abuse allegations.


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