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KEVORKIAN FREE OF LEGAL OPPOSITION - FOR NOW

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian has helped four people commit suicide in eight days in one of his biggest bursts of activity since he started in 1990 - yet no one is trying to stop him.

The state Legislature doesn't convene until Sept. 10. Richard Thompson, the lame duck Oakland County prosecutor who unsuccessfully tried Kevorkian twice, has taken no action against him since losing in the Aug. 6 primary to a candidate who says the effort's been a waste of money.And recent polls show that 66 percent of Republican primary voters in the conservative county are opposed to putting Kevorkian on the stand again for the assisted suicides.

"The majority feel it's a possibility it's something they would take advantage of themselves," said Ed Sarpolus of the polling firm, EPIC/MRA, based in Lansing.

Detroit resident Wayne Pickett, 42, agreed, saying he has supported Kevorkian's crusade since his mother died of cancer in 1990.

"She suffered tremendously," said Pickett, a computer engineer. "She wanted to die, but (Kevorkian's) service wasn't available.

"As long as he does the research, the medical facts are there and people are of sound mind, he could do four or five (assisted suicides) a day. I have no problem with it," he said.

Some people, though, are outraged that Kevorkian has assisted in 10 deaths since his May acquittal on charges of violating Michigan common law.

"I think it's unbelievable that he gets away with it," said Michelle Cervantez, 31, of Farmington Hills. "And no one's out there doing anything about it."