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On March 26, 1999, a jury in Oakland County convicted Jack Kevorkian of second-degree murder and the illegal delivery of a controlled substance. That April, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison with the possibility of parole. During the next three years, the Kevorkian attempted to pursue the conviction in appeals court. His request was refused. Lawyers representing Kevorkian sought to bring the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that request was also declined.
On June 1, 2007, after serving a little more than eight years of his sentence, Kevorkian was released from prison on good behavior. The former doctor also promised not to assist in any more suicides. Suffering from liver damage due to the advanced stages of Hepatitis C, doctors suspected Kevorkian had little time left to live. But Kevorkian soon mended, and he began touring the lecture circuit, speaking out about assisted suicide. On March 12, 2008, Kevorkian announced plans to run as an independent candidate for United States Congress in the state of Michigan. He didn't win the election, but he did earn 2.6 percent of the vote.
In 2010, HBO announced that a film about Kevorkian's life, called You Don't Know Jack would premiere in April. The movie stars film legend Al Pacino as Kevorkian, and also features Susan Sarandon and John Goodman.
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