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Woman Wrongfully Accused Files Action Against LAPD

A wrongfully convicted woman files a lawsuit against LAPD detectives seeking justice for the 17 years she spent in prison. Olivia LaVoice reports.

Susan Mellen was a young mother of three who had her life turned upside down when she was arrested for murder. Although there was no forensic evidence or eyewitnesses linking her to the crime, one witness came forward claiming Mellen had confessed.

Mellen was convicted in 1998. Almost two decades later, a judge overturned the conviction, calling that witness a "habitual liar."  Now she and her family are suing the LAPD detectives who handled her case. 

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