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. Tawdry Tales Of Anthony

    Seriously you're a sad individual.

    June 4, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony's Case Posts

    That look on her face is priceless. It’s the same look she will have when they strap her into old sparky. Hhhuuunnn….it’s my turn. There are consequences to your actions princess.

    June 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tawdry Tales Of Anthony

    Her skin glistened in the sun like a disco ball as she exited the pool at her trailer park pool....

    June 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anthony's Case Posts

    This entire ordeal shows just how off kilter our judicial system is. We have a very spoiled Casey who has apparently never had to take responsibility for anything she’s done, thanks to her parental upbringing. Now that she’s in deep trouble, of course she has to come up with some lie which throws someone else under the bus for the blame. Due to the way our lawyers make their money and play the game, her defense is willing to plot in the same way to cast doubt so Casey again never becomes responsible for her detrimental actions. I don’t know if her parents played any part in any cover-up and I would hope they didn’t. But why cover up an accidental drowning if that’s really what happened? BTW – did you ever wonder how the name ‘Caylee’ came about? Isn’t it a combination of ‘Casey’ and ‘Lee’, hence ‘Caylee’? Anyway you look at this situation and everyone involved, it is certainly very sad and disturbing, and the poor little 2 yr old girl took the brunt of her caregivers’ sicknesses.

    June 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bleh

    ...Thoughts of her slain daughter far, far away as she showed of her newly-tatooed Tramp Stamp

    June 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ellis

    @Anthony's Case Posts: you HAVE to be a Meth head

    June 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ellis

    i found my sandwhich

    June 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amos

    @Jazzzzz. The person that is trolling you is Ellis. He goes by many names-Ellis,Joey,Outsider,Cesar,JJ,Philip,Jazzzzz, and others as well. He goes to sensitive blogs and trolls there too. You need to report it. He has no morals. Truly disgusting man that should leave ALL bloggers alone. But he won't.

    June 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      I haven't been blogging a whole lot for almost 2 months now so haven't had the chance to report him.Yeah I know about Ellis the evil one. Actually I feel kinda sorry for him... being that he is obsessed with trolling us regulars, shows he has no LIFE.

      June 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. #1troll

    you may NOT cross MY bridge

    June 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |

    you noughty troll... im telling dora on you...

    June 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony's Case Posts

    you have got to be kidding! this spoiled brat has lied from jump. i am a psychologist and i specialize in behavior and body language. the lowering of mr. anthony’s head is true to form for someone who is broken and in despair. i cannot say whether or not the molestation is true. however, her credibility is seriously tarnished. quite frankly, that doesn’t matter. i do know that it would be highly unlikely that a group of people would respond to an accident with such fear and shame. the grandparents would have, most likely, called for help upon finding caylee. the jail house conversations clearly show that the grandparents did not know where caylee was, while casey was still pointing the finger at the mystery nanny. in addition, the duct tape over the mouth to frame his daughter theory is ridiculous! people just don’t go to such elaborate lengths when they are panicked. the jury will not buy this nonsense.

    June 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Troll Hater

    Jazzz he needs a bath in radiation? LOL. You tell him girl.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lyndsie Graham

    Whatever happened to the Republican saying that they want to "get the government off the backs of the people"? By butting into the private affairs of others,the police and prosecutors in Michigan have done the exact opposite. These people,after all, didn't suffer from ALS like Thomas Youk did so who are they to judge Jack Kavorkian? These are the people who need to be prosecuted but won't,sadly enough!!!

    June 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anthony's Case posts

    I'm gay.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony's Case Posts

    OK, so if the child innocently drowned herself in the pool then why did Casey Anthony lie about it to the investigators when she was CLEARLY marked as a prime suspect?Why not just call an ambulance?
    THEN she got caught in the lie because the person she said was baby sitting her daughter( probably got the name in a phone book) never met her in her life.She got caught in the lie when she led the investigators to an apartment that WASN’T EVEN VACANT.No Where near where this babysitter really lived.
    After she got caught she sat in jail and came up with this even better story that is harder to be diss-proven.How did the duct tape get on her daughter again?How did the duct tape get on her daughters mouth again?
    OK OK so lets just ASSUME the little girl drowned in the pool………….Why would she cover up for her father after the defense clearly said her father said to her “I’m gonna make sure you go to prison for the rest of your life for this”Then she left and went partying

    Casey Anthony is just NUTS and a pathological lair.She was living a lie for years even before this whole thing happened.The “babysitter” was a 2 yr lie that she fed to her dad and tried to feed to the investigators that ended up at an empty apartment.She should be tried for lying to the police on 2 accounts on top of everything..

    June 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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