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Pro Tennis Referee Lois Goodman Sues

Pro Tennis Referee Lois Goodman Sues

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, the county coroner's department, and others for false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Lois Ann Goodman alleged in a federal lawsuit released by her attorney Friday that she suffered humiliation, damage to her career and physical pain from her confinement in jail when first arrested in August 2012.

Goodman, then 70, was accused of killing her 80-year-old husband to death 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 four months later, saying they had received new information and had insufficient evidence to charge her.

But before that, Goodman's suit says she was subjected to emotional distress when police waited until she had traveled to New York to referee the U.S. Open and conducted her arrest in front of media at a New York hotel.

She accused a police officer of trying to pressure her to confess and said the coroner's finding of homicide was wrong.

Defense attorneys later revealed that her DNA wasn't found on the coffee mug.

Goodman said she spent over $100,000 on her defense, borrowing and selling assets to cover costs.

She hired a renowned medical examiner and a polygraph expert to help show her innocence.

After the dismissal she was reinstated as a referee but said she drew less important assignments than before.

"To this day, Mrs. Goodman suffers on a daily basis," said the lawsuit. "The public humiliation is unending. There are whispers and pointed fingers wherever she goes."

Although the suit said her reputation has suffered, the attorney who won her dismissal, Alison Triessl, said Goodman will be working in referee duties at the upcoming U.S. Open.

A call to the City Attorney's office to seek comment on the lawsuit was not immediately returned.

 

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