Kevorkian leaves Detroit jail when bail is forced upon him

November 09, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

DETROIT -- It wasn't supposed to go this way. Dr. Jack Kevorkian's attorney was negotiating for him to give Barbara Walters -- or Katie Couric or Tom Brokaw -- an exclusive jail house interview this week.

Instead, Michigan lawyer John DeMoss, who said he thought Dr. Kevorkian and his attorney Geoffrey Fieger were lying, abusing the justice system and wasting taxpayers' money, went to court yesterday and plunked down $2,000 cash to make the "suicide doctor" a free man.

"I've been a lawyer for too long. . . . I thought it was a mockery," Mr. DeMoss said of Dr. Kevorkian's hunger strike. "I thought I could bring it to a screeching halt."

At a news conference hours after he was freed, both Dr. Kevorkian and Mr. Fieger said they thought his freedom would be short-lived. They predicted that Oakland County prosecutor Richard Thompson would have the doctor arrested within days in connection with another suicide at which Dr. Kevorkian was present.

Dr. Kevorkian, grizzled and gaunt after his four-day fast in the Wayne County Jail, thanked Mr. DeMoss, and said that he was disappointed he hadn't been allowed to stay.

But, added the retired pathologist, whose medical licenses have been revoked, "There's no way I could have refused. That would have been unconscionably headstrong."

Mr. Fieger rejected Mr. DeMoss' belief that Dr. Kevorkian never intended to starve himself and was merely seeking publicity.

Dr. Kevorkian was jailed Friday after Recorder's Court Judge Thomas Jackson found that he had violated conditions of his personal bond in one assisted suicide case by getting involved in another case -- his 19th assisted suicide.

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