Attorney’s family appeals over her 2010 death

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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