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August 23, 2012

Re "Prison inmate caught in legal limbo," Aug. 21

After more than 30 years working as an attorney and a judge, I believed that nothing that occurred in the various court systems could shock me. However, I was both shocked and outraged to read of Daniel Larsen's continued incarceration two years after he had been found, by a court of competent jurisdiction, to have been wrongly convicted of a crime.

Larsen remains in prison because California Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harrishas determined that Larsen's violation of a procedural rule is more important than this innocent man's freedom. Harris' conduct is particularly egregious given that the paramount ethical obligation of all public prosecutors is to seek justice.

Where is the justice in Larsen's situation? Exactly what is the benefit to the public of having an innocent man remain behind bars?

Carolyn Magnuson

Long Beach

Let me get this straight: Prison overcrowding will soon force California to release some convicts from prisons and jails, but the attorney general is fighting to keep an innocent man in prison? Because of paperwork problems?

Kafka would be proud.

Thomas Russ

El Segundo


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