Attorney’s family appeals over her 2010 death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The family of an Albuquerque civil rights attorney found dead in her garage is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit that accused police and city officials of mishandling the probe of her death.

An attorney for the daughter and sister of Mary Han on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The family had sued the city, top officials and police alleging they too quickly ruled her death a suicide and trampled the scene, spoiling evidence that may have unraveled the mystery around her death. Han was a vocal adversary of the police department.

But a federal judge said last month there’s no fundamental right under the constitution to know the cause of a family member’s death.

City officials have called the case frivolous.

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