Kevorkian Asks for Prison Release

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Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian is trying again to be released early from prison.

An attorney for the 76-year-old asked the state parole board Monday to recommend that Governor Granholm either pardon Kevorkian or grant him a medical commutation because of his failing health.

The request cites a number of health problems including a hernia, high blood pressure, and arthritis.

The request comes a week after the U.S. Supreme Court decided against hearing Kevorkian's appeal of his second-degree murder conviction for the 1998 poisoning of Thomas Youk.

Youk had Lou Gehrig's disease, and Kevorkian called it a mercy killing.

A spokesman for the state corrections department says the state only grants medical commutations when an inmate has 12 months or less to live.