Kevorkian Parole Request Goes Nowhere

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The Michigan Parole Board says it won't act on a request from assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian's lawyer to grant Kevorkian parole or commute his sentence.

The board says the application is essentially the same as one submitted for Kevorkian in November 2003.

That request was denied, and because the latest application was essentially the same as the 2003 request, the parole board returned it to lawyer Mayer Morganroth.

It says he can apply again in November 2005.

Kevorkian was convicted in Michigan of second-degree murder in the 1998 poisoning of Thomas Youk. Youk had Lou Gehrig's disease, and Kevorkian called it a mercy killing.

Morganroth recently asked the parole board to recommend the 76-year-old Kevorkian be released because of health problems.