Dr. Jack Kevorkian, whose controversial work as a euthanasia advocate earned him both the nickname “Dr. Death” and time in the slammer, has a new crusade: to win a seat in Congress. Stranger things have been known to happen in American politics.

Detroit Free Press:

He will be an independent candidate whose goal is to raise awareness of the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Bill of Rights, which says rights spelled out in the Constitution do not diminish rights that aren’t specifically spelled out.

“You can’t take my innate rights away from me without a fight,” he said.

That fight is more important than any scandal in the city of Detroit, Kevorkian said. He interprets the amendment as allowing an individual to do anything as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, such as helping with an assisted suicide. Kevorkian spent more than eight years in prison after being convicted of second degree murder for one of an estimated 130 assisted suicides he participated in during the 1990s.

“If you want to have 10 pounds of marijuana in your house, why not? As long as you don’t hurt anybody,” he said.

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