June 3rd, 2011
10:41 PM ET

Criminal case against Jack Kevorkian began with 1998 video

Jack Kevorkian, who died Friday at 83, began his crusade to give people the option of choosing to end their life rather than continuing to seek medical treatment in 1989.

During the next nine years, at least 130 people used Kevorkian’s "suicide machine" to take their own lives. With the push of a button, patients were able to give themselves a lethal dose of chemicals.

One patient, however, was unable to use the machine. Thomas Youk suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Instead of just helping Youk, Kevorkian administered the drugs himself. Kevorkian also videotaped the procedure and sent the tape to CBS’ "60 Minutes."

In the recording, Kevorkian repeatedly asked Youk, “Tom, do you want to do this? Are you sure you want to go ahead?"

Youk says yes and nods his head. Kevorkian delivers the drugs and Youk soon died soon thereafter. “60 Minutes” aired Youk’s death.

Michigan prosecutors would later use the tape to help convict Kevorkian of second-degree murder in 1999. Kevorkian spent eight years in prison before being paroled in 2007.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I Googled the spelling:
    Big Mac (sic).
    If you want a great meal, some of the Roux Bros. restaurants in and near London.
    In NYC, Lutece closed.
    One can always find a good Doberman who's a great chef and marry her.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Joey, now I would have never thought a comment like that would come out of your mouth. Everyone is beautiful in the eyes of a person who can TRULY see.

      June 4, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The Big Macs have too little meat in them because the cooks only have B.A. degrees and don't understand science.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Good Shadow

    RUFFNUTT have you tried the Angus burgers, they look the same as the add, very good.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    The meat frozen is small to begin with.... And everyone knows to make a perfect Berger, you have to press the center in so that when its finished cooking, the whole Berger is the same all around.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzz

    I need to change my diapers. I have green poop everywhere.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzz

    I use green mint toothpaste. It is 90% organic green poop.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    HEy folks meet the BIGGEST LOSER ever to NOT grace the CNN blogs from the 2 posts above which are NOT me. Ellis from Panama, You are the cancer of the CNN blogs and need bath in a OCEAN of radiation.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't know why the stupid computer censored my last comment.
    I said that I didn't like the taste of Big Macs. Is that like saying that one hates the annoyance of the mayor's relative's taxi TV screens?
    I said that hamburgers are a mess to eat, and I talked about things that one has to learn to eat nicely: marrow from bo-
    nes, escargots, and lobster may have offended CNN's staff as "elitist," or perhaps even raciss.
    I asked Jazzzzzzzzto what she was referring about something's exit from my mouth.
    Jazzzzzzzz, my comment about marrying a Doberman referred to my earlier rebuttal of a (temporary?)bigot's reply to my comment about future social progress.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Thanks for the clarification Joey. 🙂 and how are you today? its stinks here very drab and dreary day here weather wise.

      June 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT

    whooper's are better than big macs

    June 4, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Future Social "progress"(if you will)

    Everything will be tolerated. (aka you go to prison for resisting social change)

    June 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Do they have more stuff in them than Big Macs?
    More is more is good.
    Less is less.
    Less is never more.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      in some cases Joey... LESS is more. I sometimes keep going when I should slow down. Kinda like when your propelled forward and you cant stop. LOL

      June 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Future Social "progress"(if you will)

    In the future, everyone will know how to spell 'Whopper'. Big-Mac was easy.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Does that mean that I can't bash fa-
    gs anymore?

    June 4, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Awwww, shucks.
    They're taking all the fun out of America!

    June 4, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Please notice that I politely avoided writing "whooper's" in my reply.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
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