'Beatrice 6' allowed to appeal judge's decision

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - A federal judge has allowed lawyers representing six people wrongly convicted in a 1985 Nebraska murder to go ahead with an appeal of his decision to dismiss Gage County from the six's wrongful prosecution lawsuit.

Such appeals are usually allowed only after a final decision has been reached in a lawsuit. But the lawsuit against three sheriff's officials ended in January with a mistrial.

Lawyers for the six plan to try the case again. The six served a combined 77 years in prison before DNA testing exonerated them in 2008.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf said Monday it would be a waste of judicial resources to wait until the end of the second trial before appealing the dismissal of the county and others.

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