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Deal Urged for Nevada Woman Wrongly Jailed 35 Years

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A federal judge in Nevada is appealing to lawyers on both sides to try to settle out of court a civil lawsuit filed by a former Reno woman who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit.

Cathy Woods, who now lives in Washington state, is seeking millions of dollars in damages from the city of Reno, a former prosecutor and police she accuse of coercing a fabricated confession from her while she was a patient at a Louisiana mental hospital in 1979.

Woods was exonerated and released from prison three years ago when new DNA evidence tied the 1976 killing of a Reno college student to an Oregon inmate now accused of multiple slayings in the San Francisco Bay area about the same time.

U.S. Magistrate Valerie Cook set filing deadlines for November during a hearing in Reno Thursday. But she says any trial wouldn't begin before next year.

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