GUESTS: DON GONYEA NPR Correspondent who's been covering the Kevorkian Trial JAY KANTOR Medical Ethicist, New York University Medical Center Author, Medical Ethics for Physicians in Training (Plenum, 1989) FAYE GIRSH Executive Director, National Hemlock Society (Denver, CO) DIANE COLEMAN President and Founder, Not Dead Yet Executive Director, Progress Center for Independent Living On Friday, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was found guilty of second-degree murder for ending the life of a terminally ill man. The case was brought to trial after a videotape of the death was broadcast on network television. Kevorkian had been charged with first degree murder, but the second-degree conviction could still bring a life sentence. The retired pathologist had previously been acquitted in three assisted-suicide cases, and a fourth case ended in a mistrial. Join guest host Lynn Neary and guests for a look at the Kevorkian verdict and what it portends for assisted suicide and the law.
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