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Release Daniel Larsen, Ruled Innocent
  • Petitioned Richard S. Moskowitz

This petition was delivered to:

Deputy Attorney General
Richard S. Moskowitz
Attorney General
Kamala Harris

Release Daniel Larsen, Ruled Innocent

    1. christina  combs
    2. Petition by

      christina combs

      Van Nuys, CA

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January 2014

Victory

Daniel Larsen spent more than 13 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. With the California Innocence Project's help and the signatures of more than 130,000 people who signed his wife Christina's petition, he walked out of prison a free man.

In 2010, after spending more than 10 years in prison, a federal court found my fiance Daniel Larsen innocent. His 1999 conviction for possession of a concealed weapon was overturned and he was ordered released. 

But Attorney General Kamala Harris appealed this ruling and today Daniel is still in prison - stuck in legal limbo - two years after being declared innocent

In 1999, Daniel was convicted of possession of a concealed weapon (a knife) and sentenced to 28-years-to-life under California's Three Strikes Law. Two police officers claimed they had saw him throw a knife under a car in a bar parking lot, something he didn't do.  There were nine witnesses to prove his innocence - including a Chief of Police from North Carolina, who happened to be within five feet of Daniel at the time the officers claimed to have seen him toss the knife.

But because of ineffective legal representation, these witnesses would not be part of his defense. 

In July 2008, the California Innocence Project filed a habeas petition in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California. One year later, the court held an evidentiary hearing in which three witnesses testified as to Daniel's innocence. Among the witnesses were the Chief of Police and his wife. After a hearing on the matter, the federal court found not only that Daniel was innocent but also that his trial attorney's representation was constitutionally deficient in failing to call these witnesses at the time of his trial.

On June 14, 2010, the District Court judge reversed his conviction and ordered him released. But he remains in prison pending the Attorney General's appeal.

Daniel and I  have plans to make a life together - he's already spent 13 years in prison for a crime he was found innocent of. Please join me in asking Attorney General Kamala Harris to drop her office's appeal to Daniel Larsen's release. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. VIDEO: Ruled innocent 2 years ago, Los Angeles man remains in prison

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director
      Ruled innocent by judge 2 years ago, Los Angeles man remains in prison

      Supporters of a Los Angeles man who remains in California state prison despite being declared innocent by a federal judge delivered more than 90,000 petition signatures to the state Attorney General's Office on Monday, calling for his release from custody.

    2. LA Times: Daniel Larsen Should Be Freed, Whatever It Takes

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      LA Times editorial board called on Attorney General Kamala Harris and Gov. Brown to release Daniel Larsen from prison immediately. Read the full editorial here:
      http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/24/opinion/la-ed-larsen-20120824

      Daniel Larsen should be freed from prison, whatever it takes

      After two judges found that Daniel Larsen was innocent, either California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris should let him go or Gov. Jerry Brown should pardon him. Daniel Larsen is the victim of a continuing injustice.

    3. Innocence Project Lawyers Discuss Daniel's Case on KTLA

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      A Los Angeles man who's been in prison for 13 years and was ordered released by a Federal judge two years ago is still incarcerated while the state appeals the ruling.

      The State Attorney General's office then appealed...not because it believes Larsen to be guilty, but because his new lawyers missed the deadline for filing papers in the case.

      Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/story/19473678/robin-sax-and-steve-edwards-discuss-the-daniel-larsen-case#ixzz25itxHuSP

    4. LA Times Calls for AG Kamala Harris to Release Daniel Larsen

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Following the delivery of your signatures to AG Kamala Harris' office, The Los Angeles Times has joined the effort to free Daniel Larsen by printing an editorial today. Read the full piece here: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-larsen-20120824,0,6574357.story

      Daniel Larsen is the victim of a continuing injustice. Despite a finding by two federal judges that no juror who heard all the evidence in his criminal trial would ever have convicted him and despite an order that he be set free as a result, he remains in custody. That is a violation of his most basic rights. There is, however, a way to correct this wrong: Gov. Jerry Brown should pardon him.

    5. Supporters Seek Release of Innocent Man Who Remains Imprisoned

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Supporters of a Los Angeles man who remains in jail, despite being declared innocent by a federal judge, delivered on Monday more than 90,000 petition signatures to the state Attorney General’s Office calling for his release from custody.

      Daniel Larsen was convicted in 1999 of possession of a concealed weapon and sentenced to 27 years to life but had the conviction overturned when a judge in 2009 found his constitutional rights had been violated.

      Read the full story: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/LA-Man-Exonerated-Remains-Jail-Daniel-Larsen-166790016.html

    6. Christina Combs is Delivering Your Signatures to Kamala Harris Today!

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The fiancée and supporters of a man they say has wrongly served nearly 14 years in prison will present more than 90,000 signatures to the California Attorney General's office Monday, hoping to apply pressure for the man's release.

      Supporters, including the California Innocence Project, have been fighting for his release. On Monday, Larsen's fiancée, Christina Combs, as well as Bryan Banks, the NFL hopeful who was exonerated earlier this year after spending five years in prison, plan to hold a

      Read More here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/man-ruled-innocent-by-judge-still-rotting-in-prison-backers-say.html

    7. Reached 100,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @InnocenceIL

    Sep 05, 2012

    @latimes calls on @KamalaHarris to free an innocent man in prison. She says NO. He filed paperwork too late! #DNC2012 http://t.co/55b8jZul

    IL Innocence Project
    111 followers

    @OK_Banks

    Aug 24, 2012

    Earlier this week I spoke on behalf of the 110K signatures & @CA_Innocence for the release of Daniel Larsen http://t.co/eQcB9t6p

    Brian Banks
    7.93k followers

    @CA_Innocence

    Sep 05, 2012

    .@latimes calls on .@KamalaHarris to free innocent man in prison. She says NO. He filed paperwork too late! #DNC2012 http://t.co/oKLnC0n1

    CA_Innocence
    327 followers

    Reasons for signing

    • darrold larson CAVE CREEK, AZ
      • 8 months ago

      This is such a in justice,you mr brown and Missie Harris.You may go to "Hell" you two should be in Jail.Which may just happen,Obama is aware of this.Time for him to throw the key away on the two of you.Don't be a bit surprised if you Missie Harris and Just not enough to say your a MR your not, I will call you a coward Brownie !! Do your Jobs that we voted you to do!!

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    • A Dumas COLUMBUS, OH
      • 8 months ago

      A innocent man should not have to serve time for something he didn't do, especially when he was already presumed innocent.

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    • Nikolay Starostin AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      Innocent people should never be in jail.

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    • cindy kimmel NEWBURG, UNITED STATES
      • 9 months ago

      the justices system is so messed up all power hungry ,they dont care about the truth im signing hope u take time to sign my sons on his tweeter pg jack micael henson thank u cindy jacks mom

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    • Nicholai Tselkove VAN NUYS, CA
      • 9 months ago

      The guy has been ordered free. A north carolina police cheif testified to his innocense with the whole knife thing. They've been ordered to let him go, they should do so.

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