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A Michigan state appeals court had little mercy for “suicide doctor” Jack Kevorkian in dismissing a defamation lawsuit that he filed against two groups which referred to him as a “killer” in their publications. It would seem that Kevorkian – a convicted murderer under Michigan’s anti-assisted suicide laws – would have little reason to gripe with the decision. One thing he could be upset with, however, is the salt the court rubbed in his wounds with its rationalization for the ruling. In a 2-1 split, the judges ruled that Kevorkian’s “reputation is already so low” that a “libelous statement cannot realistically cause impairment of [his] reputation.” Ouch.

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