Jack Kevorkian had been warned that acting as his own attorney might have dire consequences. "You realize that being convicted of first-degree, premeditated murder means you could spend the rest of your life in prison?" Judge Jessica Cooper asked sternly at the beginning of his trial in Pontiac, Mich.
"There's not much left, your honor," Kevorkian, 70, answered.
"Have you ever been inside Jackson prison?" the judge continued. "You understand it's not a pleasant place to be."
"I've seen movies."
And so the stubborn wisp of a man lumbered through the two-day proceedings, berated by the judge and derided by the...