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(AP) A group of supporters have gathered outside an eastern Pennsylvania courthouse where a nurse is facing an assisted suicide charge in her 93-year-old father's death while in hospice.

A judge is being asked at a hearing in Pottsville on Thursday to dismiss the charge against 57-year-old Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia.

She is accused of handing a bottle of morphine to her terminally ill father at his Pottsville home in February.

Her supporters are urging state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the charge. Some waved signs reading "dismiss this joke" and "stop wasting tax money."

Mancini's husband, Joe, said before the hearing that the allegations against his wife are a "terrible injustice."

Assisted suicide is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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