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L.A. Now Live: 'Innocent' prison inmate stuck in legal limbo

August 21, 2012 |  6:00 am

Daniel Larsen has served 14 years of a life sentence for a crime that two judges determined he should not have been convicted of. But he remains behind bars and his attorneys say he is stuck in legal limbo.

Times reporter Victoria Kim will join L.A. Now Live to discuss Larsen's case and efforts by the California Innocence Project to have him released. The live chat will begin at 9 a.m.

According to Kim's report, two judges concluded that jurors who convicted Larsen would never have found him guilty of carrying a concealed knife had they heard from additional witnesses who saw a different man with the weapon in question. Larsen's attorney, who has since been disbarred, failed to adequately investigate the case and identify the witnesses before the trial, the judges found.

But two years after he was supposed to be released, Larsen remains behind bars while the California attorney general appeals the decision. The state's main argument: He did not file his legal paperwork seeking release on time.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, whose office maintains that evidence still points to Larsen's guilt, accuses him and his attorneys of filing a petition seeking his release more than six years after he was legally required to do so. Prosecutors question whether the judges had the authority to hear Larsen's petition for release.