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"Now, it is from little misdemeanors that major felonies grow. And it is my duty -- it is ANYBODY'S duty! -- to stop them before they get too far.  NOW THE LAW MUST BE UPHELD!"

And, by completing the oath, you reaffirm your membership in the Junior Matlock Club, where we look at career criminals who should consider a change in occupation because they just don't have what it takes for a life of crime.

So, we're taking a run down south today, heading for Dallas, TX.  Hello, Christopher Ayala.  Oh, I'm sorry, I mean, Mario Miramontes.  Or...wait....

Here's what happened.  Mario Miramontes got pulled over by the police.  Miramontes had an arrest warrant for parole violation stemming from a drug charge.  So, when the cop asked him his name, he gave the name of his cousin, Christopher Ayala.  He'd done it before.

Alas, there was a problem:  Ayala had an arrest warrant as well.  His was for fondling an underage relative.  Guess who's going to the slammer?

Miramontes spent 13 months there, claiming police had the wrong person.  Ayala supposedly went in and confessed to get Miramontes sprung.  Police had trouble believing it because Miramontes had identified himself as his cousin before, and Ayala's name was listed as an alias Miramontes used.  Miramontes thought that, when they ran his fingerprints, they'd see they had the wrong guy.  But Ayala only had a warrant, he hadn't been booked, so there were no fingerprints for Christopher Ayala in the system at the time.

Miramontes is now suing the c
ounty, Sheriff Lupe Valdez and District Attorney Craig Watkins.  Robert Fitzgerald is Miramontes' attorney, and while he says, yeah, Miramontes would be behind bars had he given his real name, he wouldn't have been in there for over a year.  He also says the response from the county amounted to, So what, he should have been in here anyway.

So, if you're hiding out from the law and they ask you your name, please make sure the name is clean.


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Jan. 15th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
This story just breaks my heart. Pay no attention to the icon.
Jan. 15th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Good advice...I'll keep it in mind...
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