Attorney General Kane will drop assisted suicide case

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 25, 2014 4:41 AM

(Philadelphia) -- Attorney General Kathleen Kane won't appeal a ruling that clears a nurse of assisted-suicide charges in her elderly father's death.

However, Kane still defends the failed prosecution of Barbara Mancini in her 93-year-old father's death.

She says Mancini's statement about passing her father a bottle of morphine provided "legitimate" grounds for a criminal case.

But she says there's not sufficient evidence without the statement, which was deemed inadmissible.

Mancini has called the prosecution unjust. She has support from Compassion & Choices, a national group that supports aid in dying.

Her father, Joe Yourshaw, was in hospice care when he died last year at his Schuylkill County home.

Kane says her office must enforce the law. She says that critics should take up their concerns about assisted suicide with lawmakers.

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