Wrong messages about physician-assisted suicide were delivered in two courtrooms during spring 1996.
A Pontiac, Mich., jury came to the incredible conclusion that Jack Kevorkian, MD, was innocent on charges that he assisted in two suicides. A few days later, a federal appeals court in San Francisco struck down Washington state’s ban on physician-assisted suicide. The panel also telegraphed plainly that it will approve an Oregon law that allows the practice. That law is on hold while on appeal. [On October 14, 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Oregon law. On November 4,...
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