State appeals Jensen's overturned conviction

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state will appeal a federal judge's decision to overturn a Wisconsin man's conviction for killing his wife with poison.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Friday filed a notice of appeal in the Mark Jensen case with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal Judge William Griesbach ruled in December that Jensen was improperly tried 15 years ago for the death of his wife, Julie Jensen, because he couldn't confront her about a letter she wrote implicating him as a primary suspect in the event of her death.

The case sparked a legal debate over whether the letter and her statements to others could be used in court. A county judge ultimately decided the letter was admissible. A jury convicted Jensen in 2008 and he was sentenced to life in prison.

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