When it comes to marriage, State Attorney General Kathleen Kane proved herself ahead of the political curve earlier this month with her rejection of Pennsylvania’s anti-gay marriage laws despite a fair amount of political pressure from her bosses. Death, however, appears to be too much, even for a democrat. Kane’s office proved that much yesterday with a Schuylkill County judge giving the go-ahead in the prosecution of Philadelphia nurse Barbara Mancini, 57, who the state alleges assisted her 93-year-old father in an apparent suicide back in February of this year.
The circumstances, however, are hardly that clear. Joe Yourshaw, Mancini’s father, was in home hospice treatment for end-stage diabetes when he asked his daughter for a bottle of drinkable morphine to treat pain associated with his condition after a fall he had recently sustained. Mancini reportedly obliged, leaving her father to treat his ailment.
A hospice nurse stopped by Yourshaw’s home following an unanswered phone call, and found him unresponsive in his bed. Authorities then transported Yourshaw to a hospital for treatment where he was revived and died four days later after a hospital-administered morphine injection, despite a clear do-not-resuscitate order. His official cause of death is listed as a homicide. More