The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 3, 1993 - 7
Kevorkian continues hunger strike
His lawyer vows to continue fight against Michigan's assisted suicide ban
SHE AIN'T HEAVY...
PONTIAC (AP) - A lawyer for
Dr. Jack Kevorkian said yesterday he
would step up his legal challenge to
Michigan's ban on assisted suicide
while his client continues his jail-
has refused all
solid food, lim-
iting himself to
juices and water
since his arrest
refused to post a
$50,000 bond. 4
The latest ,
urge involves Kevorkian,
the Oct. 22
death of Merian Frederick, a 72-year-
old with Lou Gehrig's disease. She is
one of at least 20 people at whose
deaths Kevorkian has been present since
Kevorkian also is charged with
violating the ban in two deaths in
"He has agood disposition, buthe's
weak," attorney Geoffrey Fieger said
after he and law partner Michael
Schwartz visited Kevorkian at the
Oakland County Jail.
Fieger said he planned to ask U.S.
District Judge Gerald Rosen to de-
clare the state's prohibition on as-
sisted suicide unconstitutional. The
law adopted this year in response to
Kevorkian makes aiding a suicide a
felony with a maximum four-year
Fieger said he also would ask the
Michigan Court of Appeals and a
Wayne County circuit judge to speed
up their decisions on the law's consti-
"If they had acted more expedi-
tiously, none of this circus that's hap-
pened would have happened," he said.
Fieger said another doctor con-
tacted his office Wednesday and said
he wanted to talk with Kevorkian. He
said the other doctor, whom he
wouldn't identify, was willing to take
over for Kevorkian were he to die.
Kevorkian's death probably isn't
imminent, a nutrition expert said yes-
But he said Kevorkian does face
some health risks and likely would
begin showing signs of protein defi-
ciency after three weeks.
The assisted suicide advocate
would have been better off had he
begun his fast with a few more pounds
around his middle, said Dr. C. Wayne
"Dr. Kevorkian certainly isn't
starting out on this with a lot of fat,"
said Callaway, director of the nutri-
tion program at George Washington
University Medical Center in Wash-
The unlimited juice supply avail-
able to Kevorkian could supply his
calorie needs but not his need for
protein, Callaway said. He said the
protein deficiency probably would
begin taking its toll in three to five
At that point, Kevorkian would
begin retaining more fluid and losing
strength, Callaway said. Those on liq-
uid diets also can suffer from heart
irregularities, he said.
Oakland County Sheriff John
Nichols said jail officials would be
keeping a close watch on Kevorkian's
"Medical staff are available 24
hours per day, seven days per week,
and will be observing and monitoring
Dr. Kevorkian's physical condition
on a continual basis," Nichols said.
Kevorkian will receive a meal tray
at each of the three daily meals,
Last month, Kevorkian went on a
hunger strike for three days in the
Wayne County Jail. He was bailed
out by a lawyer who thought
Kevorkian was getting too much pub-
Kevorkian's next court date is Dec.
10, when a preliminary examination
is scheduled before Royal Oak Dis-
trict Judge Daniel Sawicki to deter-
mine whether evidence is sufficient
to try Kevorkian in Frederick's death.
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Security forces killed drug lord Pablo
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most wanted men in the world.
Police and soldiers shot Escobar
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cocaine empire, according to local
radio reports. The death was con-
firmed by the country's prosecutor
Just three days ago, the drug lord's
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Escobar's family, which has been
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to Bogota and were staying in a luxury
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The vigilante group is believed to
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avenging the deaths of officers slain
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