Since a judge’s Feb., 11 dismissal of the unjust “assisted suicide” case against Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini for the death of her terminally ill, 93-year-old father Joe Yourshaw, many Pennsylvania newspapers have published columns or editorials urging Pa. Atty. Gen. Kathleen Kane not to appeal the ruling. Kane faces a Mar. 13 deadline to file an appeal, but the newspaper columns and editorials are blasting her office for even bringing the case in the first place. The most recent one today by The [Allentown] Morning Call says her “credibility has been hurt” by the judge’s “scathing court ruling.”
Below are excerpts of the best columns and editorials:
The [Allentown, Pa.] Morning Call, “Kathleen Kane’s credibility as state attorney general has been hurt by a scathing court ruling,” Feb. 19, 2014
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s criminal case against a woman who tried to help her dying 93-year-old father was not just weak. It was, as revealed in a scathing court ruling last week, nonexistent.
It was an outrage, although not a surprise, that the prosecution of Barbara Mancini had been approved in a preliminary hearing by Pottsville Magisterial District Judge James Reiley. Many DJs rubber-stamp anything put in front of them by prosecutors.
The surprise, a stunning one, was that the attorney general of Pennsylvania pursued this case in defiance of a state law, which should be clear to anyone who can read. She also defied a key ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The judge, however, went far beyond that, using words like “deceptive” and “strident” to describe the way Kane went after Mancini. Going by this ruling, one gets the impression that Kane has all the compassion and grace of Attila the Hun ….more
The [Harrisburg, Pa.] Patriot News (state capitol newspaper), “Will Kathleen Kane finally ensure justice in Mancini case? Editorial,” Feb. 17, 2014
A word of advice to Attorney General Kathleen Kane as she decides whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of charges against Barbara Mancini:
Don’t prolong the agony inflicted by an end-of-life case that produced needless suffering, both to the man who was dying and to the adult daughter who tried to abide by his wishes.
Don’t keep trying to prosecute a woman, herself a nurse, who did only what her dying father, who was in excruciating pain, asked her to do: hand him his pain-relieving medicine.
Barbara Mancini is no criminal. She told the hospice staff what she’d done for her father, 93-year-old Joseph Yourshaw of Pottsville. She knew she’d done nothing wrong. She honored his request to help relieve his pain, which is perfectly legal…more
The [Carlisle, Pa.] Sentinel, Editorial, “Our View: Appeal in Mancini case unwarranted,” Feb. 16, 2014
Judicial chastisement for prosecutorial ineptness is difficult for any lawyer to swallow. If the state’s top law enforcement officer is on the receiving end, the slapdown carries a double sting.
Such admonishment came Tuesday from Schuykill County Court Judge Jacqueline Russell to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane regarding the commonwealth’s attempt to prosecute Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini on assisted suicide charges in connection with the death of her 93-year-old, terminally ill father.
Judge Russell wrote in dismissing the charges that the state’s case against 58-year-old Mancini “appears to have been based on little independent investigation, significant hearsay, including double hearsay received from third persons — speculation, guess, and defendant’s alleged incriminating statements.”…more
Philadelphia Daily News (Barbara Mancini’s home town newspaper), “DN Editorial: CURSE OF KANE,” Feb. 14, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen Kane…inexplicably prosecuted a dutiful, loving daughter for allegedly assisting her father’s suicide.
Kane lost the case this week against Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini, which was thrown out by Schuylkill County Judge Jacqueline Russell. The 47-page decision chastised Kane’s attempt to build a prosecution on “little independent investigation, significant hearsay, including double hearsay received from third persons – speculation, guess and defendant’s alleged incriminating statements.”
… The damage to Kane, of course, is of no concern compared to the horrendous damage she inflicted upon Mancini, accused of killing her father, Joe Yourshaw, 93, whom she’d been caring for in his Pottsville home duing the excruciating pain and suffering of his terminal illness …more
The [Scranton, Pa.] Times-Tribune (Pa. Atty. Gen. Kathleen Kane’s home town newspaper), Editorial, “Forgo appeal on Mancini,” Feb. 14, 2014
It turns out that the fundamental problem wasn’t public policy, but that the attorney general’s office presented a lousy case.
The judge appears to have committed a mercy killing of a bad case. Mrs. Kane should let it go…more