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Ex-Nevadan wrongly imprisoned 35 years wins court motion

March 8, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Nearly three years after Woods, filed a civil suit seeking compensation for spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, her lawyers say the city of Reno is continuing to do everything it can to delay and deny her justice. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Nearly three years after Woods, filed a civil suit seeking compensation for spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, her lawyers say the city of Reno is continuing to do everything it can to delay and deny her justice. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Nearly three years after Woods, filed a civil suit seeking compensation for spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, her lawyers say the city of Reno is continuing to do everything it can to delay and deny her justice. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Nearly three years after Woods, filed a civil suit seeking compensation for spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, her lawyers say the city of Reno is continuing to do everything it can to delay and deny her justice. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Cathy Woods appears in Washoe District court in Reno, Nev. Nearly three years after Woods, filed a civil suit seeking compensation for spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, her lawyers say the city of Reno is continuing to do everything it can to delay and deny her justice. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former Nevada woman suing for compensation after spending more than three decades in prison for a murder she didn’t commit won’t have to travel back to Reno to give her formal deposition.

A federal judge ruled Thursday lawyers for the city of Reno must travel to Washington state where Cathy Woods now lives to get her formal statement before a trial is expected to begin later this year.

The city had insisted Woods come to Reno to give her deposition. Woods’ lawyers said that was a cruel way to treat a woman who still suffers from mental illness exacerbated by 35 years of wrongful imprisonment for a 1976 murder.

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Woods was released from prison four years ago when new DNA evidence from a crime-scene cigarette butt was linked to an Oregon inmate recently convicted of two California killings.