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Charge Dismissed In Assisted Suicide Case

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POTTSVILLE — A judge in Schuylkill County has dismissed the charge in a case against a nurse who was accused of helping her terminally ill father commit suicide.

Prosecutors claimed Barbara Mancini gave her father, Joseph Yourshaw, a bottle of morphine last year. He died after drinking the drug.

Mancini was charged in August of 2013.

Motions to dismiss the case were presented in October.

A judge ruled on Tuesday , exactly one year after Yourshaw’s death, that prosecutors failed to prove that a crime was committed and he dismissed the charge against Mancini.

In the ruling, the judge said it was unknown how much morphine Yourshaw consumed, how lethal it was, or when he consumed it.

Mancini also had the backing of a national group throughout this case: The Compassion and Choices Action Network.


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