New York’s top court has reinstated a lawsuit against four New York City detectives accused of falsely arresting and maliciously prosecuting a woman whose lawyers say she was coerced into signing a false murder confession.
Maria De Lourdes Torres was jailed four years in Rikers Island based on the confession contradicted by physical evidence, including crime scene DNA, that detectives didn’t pursue.
She was charged in the 2002 stabbing death of Einstein Romeo Acuna. Her attorneys say that after 21 hours with police she finally signed a confession written by a detective.
In 2007, prosecutors moved to dismiss murder charges against Torres and she later sued.
The Court of Appeals, reversing lower courts, says Tuesday the issues should be determined at trial.