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Arizona appeals court rules in jail beating lawsuit

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld most of the civil damages awarded to a Peoria man in his lawsuit against two Maricopa County jail officers.

A county civil jury in July 2010 found two sheriff's detention officers liable for malicious prosecution, abuse of process and civil rights violations and awarded $855,000 to Delano Yanes.

In a 17-page ruling Thursday, the state appeals court affirmed the award of $650,000 to Yanes for malicious prosecution. But the court reversed the award of $205,000 for punitive damages and attorney fees.

Yanes was accused of killing his 11-month-old son in September 2003. He claimed he was beaten by the two detention officers when booked into the downtown Phoenix jail.

Yanes was acquitted in 2006 and filed suit against the detention officers in 2007.

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