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Reaction To Dismissed Charge

POTTSVILLE — Joseph Yourshaw, 93, lived in a home on North Market Street in Pottsville.

It was his daughter Barbara Mancini, who was accused by Pottsville police of causing or aiding in suicide. Prosecutors claimed Mancini gave a bottle of morphine to her terminally ill father. He died four days later.

Some people in Pottsville, including Harry Kesten, think a judge made a mistake when she dismissed the charge against Yourshaw’s daughter.

“I believe she deserves some time or something. A lot of people are getting away with a lot,” Kesten said.

Leo Salle, like most people we talked to, said the charges should have never been filed.

“She should have been dropped of all charges. She felt very strongly about her father.”

Laura Kryzanowski of Pottsville agrees with Salle.

“What are we doing bringing things to the court without having evidence to convict.  So it’s wasting the court’s time. It’s wasting taxpayers money and it shouldn’t be there to begin with,” Kryzanowski explained.

One of Barbara Mancini’s biggest supporters is a group called Compassion And Choices. They held a news conference Wednesday in Philadelphia where Mancini spoke to the media.

Charlie MacKay, a member of Compassion And Choices, said he’s glad the judge dismissed the charge against Mancini. Mackay also knows what he’d do if he was terminally ill.

“I would say if I was in intractable pain, there was no hope for a cure, and I was not depressed, absolutely do it,” he said. “Yes, (suicide is) a basic human right.”

It’s now up to the Pennsylvania Attorney General to decide if to appeal the local court case. There is no word on when that will happen.

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