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Former Arizona death row inmate whose conviction in son's killing was overturned files lawsuit

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013, file photo, Debra Jean Milke listens to a judge during a hearing at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Milke, a former Arizona death row inmate whose conviction in the killing of her son was overturned, has filed a lawsuit alleging that law enforcement officials violated her civil rights. Milke filed the lawsuit Friday, March 13, 2015,  against the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and numerous individuals. She contends she was denied a fair trial. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013, file photo, Debra Jean Milke listens to a judge during a hearing at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Milke, a former Arizona death row inmate whose conviction in the killing of her son was overturned, has filed a lawsuit alleging that law enforcement officials violated her civil rights. Milke filed the lawsuit Friday, March 13, 2015, against the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and numerous individuals. She contends she was denied a fair trial. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

A former Arizona death row inmate whose conviction in her son's killing was overturned has filed a lawsuit alleging authorities violated her civil rights.

Debra Milke filed the lawsuit Friday against the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County and numerous individuals.

Milke contends she was denied a fair trial in her 4-year-old son's 1989 killing and was a victim of malicious prosecution.

A federal appeals court that threw out Milke's conviction had ruled prosecutors failed to disclose a history of misconduct by a detective.

Prosecutors are appealing a state appeals court's ruling that retrying Milke would amount to double jeopardy.

Prosecutors declined to discuss the lawsuit.

Phoenix's acting city attorney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Milke has been free on bail since 2013 while awaiting possible retrial.