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Jul 30, 2013 6:31 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Man appeals for release after 14 years in prison

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - An attorney says a Los Angeles man who was in prison for nearly 14 years is innocent and should stay free, despite prosecutors' argument that missed deadlines for paperwork by defense lawyers mean he should remain behind bars.

City News Service reports Daniel Larsen was ordered freed from state prison in March after a federal judge ruled that his third-strike conviction for carrying a concealed weapon was unjust.

During arguments Tuesday before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Brenan says there's always been enough evidence to convict Larsen.

The 46-year-old was convicted in 1999 of carrying a knife until attorneys for the California Innocence Project found a former police chief and other witnesses who testified seeing a different man throw away the dagger.

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