Walters gets face-to-face with Dr. Death
“20/20” will get to interview Jack Kevorkian after all.
A judge has ordered the Michigan State Dept. of Corrections to allow the ABC newsmag an on-camera interview with the jailed assisted suicide advocate.
In April 1999, corrections director Bill Martin turned down the Alphabet net’s request to interview Kevorkian and two other inmates. ABC sued, alleging the department arbitrarily and unconstitutionally applied a new policy, which barred cameras and recording devices in the state’s prisons.
On Thursday, Genesee County Circuit Judge Robert Ransom ordered Martin to allow “20/20” to bring its cameras into the state prison and tape the interview. But, Ransom agreed with the department’s decision to keep the other two inmates out of the TV camera’s view.
The judge told Martin to schedule an interview between ABC News’ Barbara Walters and Kevorkian in the next two weeks or face jail. The Corrections Dept. is reportedly planning on appealing Ransom’s decision.
Kevorkian, 72, is serving a 10- to 25-year sentence for second-degree murder and drug delivery. In September 1999 he videotaped himself injecting a terminally ill patient with lethal chemicals. Kevorkian gave the tape to CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” which broadcast the procedure.