Friday, May 26, 2006

Kevorkian's Second Thoughts

"Dr. Death" says he'd do things differently.

He's seeking a medical commutation due to his ill health.

This brings up an obvious question, which the ABC piece doesn't address: If he gets out, is it because he wants to end his own life? Is he seeking commutation of not just his prison sentence, but also the "death" sentence posed by his own condition, which death would necessarily occur as a "natural" unfolding of events, at a time and place not of his own choosing?

The law in Michigan does permit medical commutation, either by the parole board or the governor. Is granting that request appropriate in this case?

Should Kevorkian's specific history be relevant?