Woman held for 2 decades in son's death sues city, officials

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A former Arizona death row inmate whose conviction in her son's killing was overturned has filed a lawsuit alleging authorities violated her civil rights.

Debra Milke filed the lawsuit Friday against the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and numerous individuals.

Milke contends she was denied a fair trial in her 4-year-old son's 1989 killing and was a victim of malicious prosecution.

A federal appeals court that threw out Milke's conviction had ruled prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by a detective.

Prosecutors are appealing a state appeals court's ruling that retrying Milke would amount to double jeopardy.

Prosecutors and Daniel Brown, Phoenix's acting city attorney, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Milke has been free on bail since 2013 while awaiting possible retrial.

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