Target: Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Demand that Daniel Larsen, a man found innocent of his convictions, be released at once.
On June 6, 1998, Daniel Larsen was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police responded to a call from Golden Apple bar in Northridge, California to see a man suspiciously throw an object under a car. After a brief investigation, the object was found to be a knife, and the man wrongly accused of possessing it was Daniel Larsen. Because of two prior nonviolent convictions, Larsen was sentenced to a whopping 28 years to life in prison. After 13 years, he has since been proven innocent in two courts, yet the California attorney general’s office objects to his release – and so he remains in a cell for doing nothing wrong.
The recent rulings in his favor are due in part to a man who stepped forward as having been the possessor of the weapon. “I know that the knife was not [Larsen’s] because it was mine” he said, and therefore the federal magistrate reviewed the case again a few years later. The largest influencing factor in Larsen’s conviction was the inadequacy of his lawyer, who called no witnesses to the stand, despite the fact that a few had actually witnessed a different man with the knife and were willing to testify. This evidence would have drastically changed the crude presentation that jurors were given. As it was, Larsen seemed utterly guilty of the crime, given his past history and the scanty efforts of his lawyer. That no one came to speak on his behalf sealed the conviction the first time around.
The federal magistrate said about this incident, “had the jury heard the exculpatory testimony, no reasonable juror would have found [the accused] guilty.” Now that the evidence has risen to the surface at last, Larsen should be immediately acquitted of the crime and released at once. Still, the California attorney general’s office will not allow it, and so the issue must be battled from another direction. Governor Jerry Brown of California has the power to pardon victims in cases such as this, and so he must be asked to act on behalf of Larsen who, for too long, has suffered a punishment for a crime he did not commit.
Ask Governor Jerry Brown to take action against the imprisonment of innocent victim, Daniel Larsen, and demand that this man be released. The California attorney general’s office has no right to deny a man his deserved freedom out of personal bias or a fear of being wrong. If injustice such as this can occur even after convicted men are proven blameless, than this is not a free society, but rather one governed by the malcontent of supposed authority figures.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
That Daniel Larsen has been falsely accused for crime and imprisoned for the past 13 years is an outrage. What is more abominable is that he has since been proven innocent for his supposed crime, yet still remains behind bars. I urge you to take action against this injustice and release Larsen immediately. If he remains to be punished for a crime he did not commit even after being proven innocent, then our society is evidently run by unfair officials who seek to maintain control over everyone by refusing to admit mistakes.
At present, the California attorney general’s office refuses to grant pardon to Daniel Larsen, presumably for this reason. Because the initial decision was made to convict Larsen for criminal behavior, they choose to ignore evidence and truth. They choose to keep an innocent man behind bars despite facts in the case that prove he is blameless. Do not let this injustice continue. Release Daniel Larsen at once.
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