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The Trials of Jack Kevorkian

Lecture no. 20 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

The Trials of Jack Kevorkian

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Jack Kevorkian believed strongly that individuals should have the right to end their pain and suffering, and with his inventions of the “thanotron” and the “mercitron,” Kevorkian helped hundreds do just that. Legally tried, having escaped conviction time after time, a final trial proved his undoing. Explore Dr. Kevorkian’s work on behalf of an individual’s right to euthanasia, why he believed he was taking a stand for liberty, and why he was eventually convicted of second-degree homicide.


January 20, 2020