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Criminal Law Keyed to Gershowitz
People v. Kevorkian
Citation:447 Mich. 436, 527 N.W.2d 714
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The deaths of Sherry Miller and Marjorie Wantz happened before Michigan’s ban on assisted suicide. Both women were suffering from a condition that caused her “great pain or was severely disabling.” Both women, separately, asked Kevorkian (defendant) for help in ending her life. The defendant intended to use his “suicide machine” for both women but was unable to insert the needle into Ms. Miller’s arm. Instead, the defendant gave Ms. Miller a container of carbon monoxide to kill herself. Ms. Wantz used the suicide machine. Kevorkian was charged with two counts of murder.
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