Jack went on national TV and mocked Michigan’s new State law that placed more penalties for assisting in a suicide, humane or not. Initially charged with Murder, Dr Death was found guilty and served a lengthy prison sentence.
Judge Jessica Cooper ruled that the doctor could not present certain testimony or evidence before a jury. Facts like the victim had Lou Gehrig’s disease, the patient was terminal, the patient and his family requested the suicide, and the doctor was passionate about quality of life concerns were not permissible in court. The jury could not be tainted with that ‘irrelevant information’ the Judge ordered.
Move forward 20 years. Today, there exists a pending criminal case in the same Michigan county, People V Peter Trzos, MD.
Doctor Trzos was charged with running a dispensary (selling marijuana) after a SWAT team raided his home and business in 2012. 5 years later, Dr Trzos still awaits trial. Court motions, filings, opinions and other dribble have robbed this young man as he waits. With serious charges for selling voter-approved, legal marijuana, Dr Marijuana faces more prison time than Dr Death.
Unlike Dr Death, Dr Marijuana was not on any crusade to defy State law. Dr Trzos purchased an existing medical marijuana dispensary through his lawyer, Denise Policello, a leader in Michigan Cannabis lawyering, and, only after Michigan legalized medical marijuana sales.
When Dr Trzos purchased his dispensary, the sale and transfer of city licenses were inspected and approved by the city of Holly, MI, it’s leadership and the local police department. Despite Dr Marijuana’s thorough attempts to comply with State Law, he was still raided by heavy-handed SWAT teams within the Sheriff’s office. The prosecutor in Dr Death’s arrest was humane enough to allow voluntary surrender through a lawyer.
It’s not like anybody murdered anyone.
Dr Death defied a new law that explicitly outlawed assisted suicide. Dr Marijuana followed a new law that explicitly approved medical marijuana sales. Are you still confused?
Get this, Dr Death’s judge is now Dr Marijuana’s prosecutor.
Jessica Cooper’s written statement to Jack Kevorkian completely contradicts her current actions now being used to silence Doctor Trzos at trial. The ability to present evidence is fundamental to justice but court interpretations and tools designed to prosecute the worst criminals are more likely used to entrap everyday citizens like Dr Trzos.
Facts like; he had a city permit, the buyer had a medical marijuana card, police inspected his business, a lawyer facilitated the sale of the established business or, even that Doctor Trzos is a doctor at all will never be shared with a jury if Jessica Cooper has her way.
From my experience, the single most effective advocate is a judge. The second, a prosecutor. Good luck, Dr Marijuana.