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Lawyer Says Police Break Up Meeting Between Kevorkian and Woman

October 17, 1996

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) _ Police briefly detained Dr. Jack Kevorkian and an associate after they met with a patient, Kevorkian’s lawyer said.

Police arrived at the Dunes Motel about 10 p.m. Wednesday as Kevorkian and Janet Good were driving away after meeting with Nancy DeSoto, 55, of Kankakee, Ill., Geoffrey Fieger said.

The police ordered the manager to open the door _ without a warrant. DeSoto, who uses a wheelchair, was alone and ordered police to leave, Fieger said.

The Oakland Press reported that DeSoto is a florist afflicted with multiple sclerosis.

Fieger said DeSoto was only meeting with Kevorkian and not planning to commit suicide.

DeSoto ``did not come here to take her life. People don’t come here to take their lives. People come here to talk to Dr. Kevorkian,″ Fieger told WKBD-TV.

Six weeks ago police broke up a meeting at a motel between Kevorkian and a 60-year-old California woman. Fieger said then that no assisted suicide was planned, but Isabel Correa of Fresno died the next day, Sept. 7, in Kevorkian’s presence.

Kevorkian has helped at least 42 people commit suicide since 1990.

Royal Oak police declined comment. It was unclear how police learned of the meeting.

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