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Dr Kevorkian seeks freedom

Jack Kevorkian, the advocate for assisted suicide who is serving a prison term for murder, has again asked the state to grant his client a pardon or commute his sentence, saying he would probably not survive another year if kept in prison.

His lawyer said Mr. Kevorkian had “become increasingly frail and has fallen twice, injuring his wrist and fracturing two ribs.” Mr. Morganroth said his client’s blood pressure had gone “through the roof.”

Mr. Morganroth said he appealed to the State Parole Board and Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm on Friday for a pardon, a parole or a commutation.

Mr. Kevorkian, 77, a former doctor, is serving a sentence of 10 to 25 years for second-degree murder for giving a fatal injection of drugs in 1998. He is eligible for parole in 2007.

In the past three years, Ms. Granholm has followed the parole board’s advice in denying three applications for a commuted sentence or a pardon.

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