Kevorkian discusses assisted suicide, prison reform in Detroit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Nearly six months after his release from a Michigan prison, Jack Kevorkian still maintains he was right to help suffering people end their lives.

The assisted suicide advocate spoke to more than 300 people during an afternoon speech at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Kevorkian says that when a person wanted to die and asked him for help, he did his duty as a doctor.

The retired pathologist says the country's court system and judges are corrupt, and laws are made to infringe on rights already guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

Kevorkian was released from prison in June after serving more than eight years behind bars. He's on parole for two years.

He claims to have helped at least 130 people die from 1990 to 1998. He has promised not to help in any other assisted suicides.

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