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. RUFFNUTT

    whompers sounds better...

    June 4, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. The Past

    I remember when it was considered ordinary to reject the sodomist's (sodomizer?) lifestyle choice. Now you stick out like a sore thumb if you don't play along.. Such is progress.

    June 4, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzz

    We all die. So what.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzz

    I eat green poop.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    it's not easy being green...

    June 4, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      RUFF, you know anything referring to green poop is NOT me. its SATANS little helper.

      June 4, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      WASNT THAT the dog from "the simpsons" ??

      June 4, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. CSnSC

    I dont know jazzzzz, Elis troll still not as annoying as the Anthony Case troll

    June 4, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      casey is so hot...but evil..

      June 4, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      The Jazzzzz that is posting about poop is not me. I have been hijacked like so many before me.

      June 4, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzz

    Stop it IDIOT.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, Jazzzzzzzz.
    I didn't know what you meant. You didn't think I would use "dog" to describe a woman, did you?
    Just ran to the store to buy "little" staples.
    I'm resting today. Concert tomorrow, and almost every other day till the 23rd. I have to force myself to rest, by which I mean "goof off" till then.
    So I play on here.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Na, I was half kidding only . lol ( teeth exposed like a horse) He He. I'm about to get off in a minute though Have a work out I am dreading and some reading to do. how's the weather there? oh and BTW would be nice if you post a video of a performance of yours.

      June 4, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Green...?
    That's Al Gore stuff, huh.
    The Anthony-Case Caylee advocate takes a lot of space, but I can skip it.
    I agree in principle with that poster.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    how come in "the good the bad and the ugly" they are using blackpowerder revolvers but it shows them adding bullets to the guns?

    June 4, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hello RUFFNUTT, and I didn't watch the Simpsons a lot so I wouldn't know. how are you doing?

    June 4, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      alright..been busy.. working on my firebird, sandblasting and painting stuff...

      June 4, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. civil war vet

    We had revolvers back then dummy. We even had the Gatling gun. What turnip tree'd you?

    June 4, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      watch the movie... they are using black powder revolvers.. they even have the external precussion caps that fire the black power...

      June 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ The Past:
    Yeah, well.
    I can reject for myself–or not care about–somebody else's lifestyle choice, or, as in this case, essential being, without telling anybody what to do.
    It's none of my business what anybody else does with sausage.
    They can cook it or eat it raw, for all I care.
    I know how I like it; that's all that matters.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It is hot and muggy here. I'd go to the beach if I had time.
    The sun makes me tired. I can go in August, but then it's too late to tan–for me. I have to be careful. Have a good workout.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. J(

    @jazzzzz: Ellis from Panama is a troll, he's not the real Ellis, he also uses the name Cesar.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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