Philly nurse speaking out on assisted suicide case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of morphine is breaking her silence after a judge dismissed an assisted suicide charge against her.

Barbara Mancini plans to discuss her yearlong ordeal now that a Schuylkill County judge dismissed the felony charge.

Mancini will be joined Wednesday by Compassion & Choices, a group that supports aid in dying and other end-of-life decisions. The group is urging Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane not to file an appeal.

A Kane spokesman says no decision has been made.

Mancini was charged with giving a nearly full bottle of morphine to her father, Joseph Yourshaw, at for the purpose of helping him end his life. Yourshaw died at a hospital four days later after a hospice nurse called 911.

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