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Dr. Kevorkian and the Arkansas crime of Physician-Assisted Suicide

Dr. Jack Kevorkian (a.k.a Dr. Death) brought the notion of physician-assisted suicide to the forefront of the national consciousness during the 1990's. Kevorkian eventually lost his medical license, but continued to assist in suicides until the law eventually caught up to him. In 1999 Kevorkian was convicted of second degree murder. Also in 1999 the Arkansas legislature added a new criminal offense to cover this unique situation. Physician-assisted suicide is now an enumerated offense in the criminal code of the State of Arkansas and is a class C felony.