Jack Kevorkian Will Have Limited Freedoms After His Prison Release

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 30, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 30
, 2007

Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — There are just two days left until one of the most notorious killers in the medical profession gets out of prison. Jack Kevorkian may have been responsible for the deaths of 130 people but he will have very limited freedoms and abilities during his parole after he is released from prison on Friday.

Kevorkian found himself behind bars after he taunted the judicial system in Michigan to put him away by showing a video of him euthanizing a patient on national television.

Pro-life advocates have already said they’re concerned that Kevorkian will go back to his old antics of killing people and flaunting his activities.

"Past experience with this uncontrolled, unethical and unlicensed physician gives us reason to be suspicious of his future behavior," Right to Life of Michigan president Barbara Listing told LifeNews.com yesterday.

But they may be heartened by news that corrections officials will be closely monitoring what the retired pathologist does and says.

Kevorkian will be required to have frequent visits with his parole officer and must face standard parole conditions such as avoiding contact with felons, drug and alcohol or any behavior that could be considered criminal.

But because of his unique status as a bringer of death to the disabled and elderly, Kevorkian will have other restrictions that prisoners don’t typically face.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Kevorkian can’t care of anyone over the age of 42 or who is disabled, he can’t be present at any assisted suicide or euthanasia, and, perhaps most pertinent, he can’t counsel people how to commit assisted suicide.

That could be the most important aspect of his parole as Kevorkian is likely going to hit the lecture circuit as well as publish a book or be portrayed in a movie after he first gets a health checkup.

Russ Marlan, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections, tells the newspaper the agency will monitor his speeches to make sure he isn’t crossing the line from advocating for assisted suicide laws to telling people how to kill themselves.

"His parole office will discuss any plans of what he has to say and they may ask for his written testimony or comments," Marlan said. "And certainly, we can Google him and find out exactly what he’s saying."

Parole officer Anthony Yambrick will have the task of following Kevorkian over the next two years and monitoring his activities.

Their work will begin soon enough as Kevorkian is scheduled to have his first interview air Sunday on "60 Minutes" — a program on CBS, the station where the video of him killing Thomas Youk aired.