Research Paper on Assisted Suicide and Dr. Jack Kevorkian

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Assisted Suicide by Jordan Froce

A Project Presented to Professor Demosthenes Long in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for CRJ 150: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Pace University Dyson College of Arts and Sciences February 3, 2012 Table of Contents Introduction……….................................................................................... 3 Background…………………………..……………………...................... 3 Literature Review……………………………….……………………….. 5 Conclusion………………………………………….……......................... 7 References........………………………………………….…..................... 9

Introduction Imagine being in such a great deal of pain, and suffering that you make the decision to end your own life. We often have people there in our lives to help us along the way. Parents are there to love us, teachers are there to teach us, and doctors are there to help us when we are sick. But what happens when you are terminally ill, who is there to help you then? Doctors can only do so much. Many people believe that they should have the right to end their lives, while others disagree. If people do decide to end their lives, why shouldn’t they get the best care possible? Dr. Jack Kevorkian is a very well known physician who offered these possibilities to his patients with grim futures. In this paper I will be covering different aspects of the very controversial subject of physician-assisted suicide.
Background
On April 13, 1999, the infamous doctor performing assisted suicide, Dr. Jack Kevorkian also known as “Dr. Death.” As CNN’s journalist Mallory Simon reported (1999), Kevorkian was sentenced to ten to twenty-five years in prison for second degree murder and three to seven years for delivery of a controlled substance. According to Neal Nicol’s…...

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