Tennis referee sues LAPD for false arrest

By The Associated Press
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Lois Goodman (AP photo)

Professional tenness referee Lois Goodman was cleared of bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup. Now she’s suing the L.A. Police Department for false arrest and malicious prosecution. (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A professional tennis referee who was charged, then cleared of bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup has sued the Los Angeles Police Department for false arrest and malicious prosecution.

   The lawyers for Lois Ann Goodman released the federal lawsuit on Friday. It contends she suffered humiliation, damage to her career and physical pain from her confinement in jail when first arrested in August 2012.

   Goodman was accused of killing her 80-year-old husband by beating him with a coffee cup and using its broken handle to stab him.

   She said she was innocent, and her lawyers suggested Alan Goodman died in an accidental fall.

   Prosecutors dismissed charges in November saying they had received new information and had insufficient evidence to charge her.

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