Prosecutors won't retry Bruce Lisker in mother's slaying
Prosecutors had previously said they would retry Lisker. On Monday they noted that they still stand by the original conviction, but said that retrying Lisker now would be difficult.
"We remain confident in Mr. Lisker's original conviction of the second-degree murder of his mother," the statement said. "Much of the physical evidence has been destroyed. Some witnesses are deceased given the passage of time."
Lisker said he was thrilled by the decision. "How can you put it into words?" he said. "It's unbelievable."
Lisker had been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of beating and stabbing his 66-year-old mother, Dorka, at the family's Sherman Oaks home. He had planned to fight a second trial.
In August, U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips concluded that Lisker, 44, was convicted on false evidence and that his attorney, now a court commissioner, had failed to adequately represent him.
The judge's findings mirrored those of a seven-month Times investigation, published in 2005, which raised questions about key elements of the prosecution's case and exposed the LAPD's investigation into the slaying as sloppy and incomplete.
-- Matt Lait and Scott Glover
Photo: Bruce Lisker, left, hugs his attorney, William Genego, at the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles after his case is dismissed. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times