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The long, and incorrect, arm of the law in Brookline gets Philadelphia man locked up on the Vineyard

The Vineyard Gazette reports a man who had a $2 dispute with a cab driver in Brookline in 2013, was arrested, locked up in the Vineyard jail, then shipped to Brookline to face criminal charges because somehow his civil "taxi fare evasion" ticket got transformed into a criminal "tax evasion" charge. He was eventually released and the criminal charge dropped - after he hired a lawyer - but, of course, no apology.

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No big deal, y'know? Probably autocorrect did it.

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A typo led to the arrest of Archibald Buttle instead of the heating engineer and terrorist Archibald Tuttle.

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Really needs to be some accountability from Brookline on this one. The guy deserves a huge settlement at the very least.

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But it won't happen. Case law is that law enforcement, courts, and state agencies are pretty much infallible as long as they were acting in good faith. You'd have to prove that someone intentionally charged the person with the wrong crime.

And while I absolutely believe him that two days in jail was horrible, people really should read up on all the people who spend years incarcerated, or have their kids taken permanently, or have their funds and homes seized and not returned over things that are eventually deemed to have not in fact happened. They sometimes receive very minor settlements, but usually they get nothing.

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Seems like everyone on the Island blames him for not just giving the cab driver the extra 2 dollars.

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One relentless paperboy

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Whose job is it to prevent bureaucratic screwups like this that haul people into jail by mistake, to be cleaned up at their own legal expense?

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"Computers Don't Argue".

Plot at this link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computers_Don%27t_Argue

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Fly eagles fly

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free brittney griner.

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