Nurse seeks dismissal of assisted suicide case

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 18, 2013 6:26 AM
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(Pottsville) -- A Philadelphia nurse charged with having aided the suicide of her 93-year-old terminally ill father is asking a court to dismiss the case.

Fifty-seven-year-old Barbara Mancini is accused of having given morphine to 93-year-old Joe Yourshaw of Schuylkill County in February.

Defense attorneys argue in a Schuylkill County Court petition that Mancini did nothing more than hand her father the bottle at his request while he was in hospice care at his Pottsville home.

They also argue that the state law is vague and the Supreme Court has ruled that dying patients have the right to pain relief even if it hastens death.

Attorney Frederick Fanelli also said Yourshaw didn't die until four days later in a hospital, where he was given more morphine.

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