The Latest: Lawyer: Tennis ump’s reputation ruined by arrest

The Latest on a tennis umpire’s lawsuit against a medical examiner who ruled her husband’s 2012 death a homicide (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A lawyer for a tennis umpire arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her husband’s 2012 death in Los Angeles says her finances and reputation were ruined because of a falsified autopsy report.

An attorney for Lois Goodman asked federal court jurors Wednesday to reimburse at least $100,000 for legal expenses and the pain she suffered for months before prosecutors dropped a murder charge.

Attorney Todd Thibodo says Deputy Medical Examiner Yulai Wang (You-lie Wong) in the Los Angeles coroner’s office deprived her civil rights when he determined Alan Goodman’s death was a homicide not an accident.

An attorney for the doctor says Wang had nothing to do with Goodman’s arrest and says the coroner’s office stands by the determination that Alan Goodman was killed.

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1:05 p.m.

A jury of seven women and one man has been selected to consider a lawsuit by a Los Angeles tennis umpire who was arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her husband’s 2012 death.

Lois Goodman’s lawyers will present opening statements in federal court Wednesday to help clear her name years after prosecutors dropped a murder charge.

Goodman claims that a doctor in the Los Angeles coroner’s office deprived her civil rights by falsifying an autopsy report.

She says Deputy Medical Examiner Yulai Wang didn’t follow procedures when he changed the cause of death on Alan Goodman’s death certificate from accident to homicide.

Wang has denied the allegations.

Police had said Goodman bludgeoned her husband with a coffee mug. Her lawyers say the 80-year-old fell down stairs while home alone.

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11:42 p.m.

A Los Angeles tennis umpire arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her husband’s 2012 death is trying to clear her name.

Lois Goodman’s attorneys are expected to tell jurors Wednesday in federal court that the Los Angeles coroner’s office deprived her civil rights by falsifying an autopsy report.

Goodman says Deputy Medical Examiner Yulai Wang didn’t follow procedures when he changed the cause of death on Alan Goodman’s death certificate from accident to homicide without explanation.

The change led to a murder charge and Goodman’s arrest in New York.

Police said Goodman bludgeoned her husband with a coffee mug. Her lawyers say the 80-year-old tripped and fell down stairs while she wasn’t home.

The charges were dropped after other experts rejected the autopsy’s conclusions.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/21/latest-jury-to-weigh-tennis-umpires-suit-over-autopsy.html

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