It wasn't until 2006 that a lawyer finally managed to get access to Lorenzo's record in an attempt to correct it. But even then Lorenzo may never truly be in the clear, what with his erroneous record having already spread like an epidemic. And how, exactly, is one supposed to convince a landlord or a prospective boss that a guy guilty of identity fraud is telling the truth when he pins his criminal record on someone else? Yeah, good luck.
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"Uh huh. And I suppose this 'Mr. Perro' is the one who isn't filling up the coffee maker when he kills a pot too."
A File Mix-Up Gets a Disabled Veteran Arrested for Another Man's Crimes (and Committed to a Mental Hospital)
In 2011, disabled army veteran Kenneth Williams spent 16 days in Fulton County jail on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. Seeing as how Williams was pushing 60 and this was his first-ever arrest, we're not exactly looking at a criminal mastermind here. Little did Williams know that, by the time he was released, his criminal record had been hopelessly entangled with that of a man known only as K.W., who, while perhaps not a master criminal, was at the very least a prolific one.
Over the next three years Williams was arrested three more times on another man's drug charges -- every time the real perp failed to appear in court, Williams found himself back in the slammer -- there was just no convincing the authorities that he wasn't "K.W." The first two stints lasted only about two weeks each, but the third is when Williams' tale boards a supersonic flight to the land of Kafkaesque nightmares.
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The flight serves food, but if you ask what the deal with it is no one answers.
You see, while Williams was swearing up and down that the authorities had the wrong guy, the authorities saw nothing more than a hopeless old criminal with mental problems. So, they went right ahead and had Williams committed to a mental hospital, to be forcibly pumped full of antipsychotic drugs until he was deemed competent to stand trial. His psych ward stint lasted four months, during which -- sure enough -- the man who actually committed the crimes Williams was accused of was jailed but quickly released.
Thankfully, Williams' story doesn't end with a real-life version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Eventually, a judge followed a doctor's recommendation to have Williams' fingerprints checked against those of the perpetrator, and only then did the court realize that Williams had suffered a nightmarish ordeal at the hands of the half-assed paper-pushing and quarter-assed accountability of the justice system.
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The judge apologized, thanked Williams for his service to his country, then yelled, "Smoke bomb!" and booked it.
Yet, because Fate wasn't quite finished poking him in the ass with a shaft of sharpened bamboo, Williams was soon released into a world where his veteran's benefits and driver's license had been revoked due to the bogus drug charges. On the bright side, it was also a world in which he could sue the shit out of those who sent him there.
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