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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State prosecutors are arguing that the murder conviction of Durham novelist Michael Peterson should be reinstated.

WRAL-TV reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/UueEca) the state Attorney General's Office has appealed a judge's decision last year that granted Peterson a new trial in the December 2001 death of his wife, Kathleen.

Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled a State Bureau of Investigation agent gave false and misleading testimony at Peterson's trial in 2003.

Special Deputy Attorney General Robert Montgomery filed a brief last week outlining the state's argument that the judge was wrong to throw out Peterson's conviction. He also filed a motion with the state Court of Appeals.

Peterson has denied any involvement in his wife's death. His attorney, Jim Cooney, says he'll file a response by early March.

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