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Tennis umpire cheers, cries after release

November 30, 2012 |  5:18 pm

Hours after murder charges were dismissed, tennis umpire Lois Goodman raised her right leg so that a bail bonds official could cut the black electronic monitoring device from her ankle.

With the ankle bracelet removed, Goodman raised both of her hands and let out a cheer. She then began to clap.

Asked how it felt, Goodman responded:

"Still expensive," she joked, an apparent reference to legal costs.

Sitting in a chair at the Sherman Oaks office of one of her attorneys, Goodman choked up as she remembered her husband.

"I didn't do anything. I would never hurt my husband," Goodman said, her eyes filling with tears. "I loved him and I was his caretaker, and he came first and then I came second."

After news broke that she had been freed Friday, she said calls have been pouring in  from "all over the United States--you know (from) friends that I have worked with--all so so happy."

So happy, Goodman said they cried.

Now, she added: "I want my old life back."

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-- Andrew Khouri

 

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