Barbara Mancini pleaded Wednesday for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane not to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss assisted-suicide charges against the Philadelphia nurse in the death of her father.
"Please don't do this," Mancini, 58, said at a news conference at her Roxborough home. She was arrested Feb. 4, 2013, after handing her terminally ill father, 93, legally prescribed morphine. After a hospice nurse called police, Mancini's father, Joseph Yourshaw of Pottsville, was taken to a hospital and revived. He died there four days later.
On Tuesday, Schuylkill County Court Judge Jacqueline Russell dismissed the case. She wrote in her 47-page opinion, "The commonwealth's case appears to have been based on little independent investigation, significant hearsay, including double hearsay received from third persons - speculation, guess, and defendant's alleged incriminating statements."