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Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the be-careful-what-you-search-for dept.

Crime 184

University of Florida student Zachary Garcia was more than a little surprised to find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name. It turns out the police were looking for a different man but had mistakenly used Garcia's photo. From the article: "Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia — spelled with an 'A' — but it was Zachery Garcia — spelled with an 'E'— who was charged in connection with the crime."

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Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (5, Funny)

theY4Kman (1519023) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393086)

We were looking for Hitler.

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393294)

Have you seen my friend Kyle? He's about this tall...

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393316)

SEEN KYLE?

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (4, Funny)

WitnessForTheOffense (1669778) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393430)

"It's not my fault that Buttle's heart condition didn't appear on Tuttle's file!"

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (1, Informative)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395772)

LOL. Awesome quote from Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985). Nice to see another fan.

He is usually known for:
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
- Life of Brian (1979)
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

All cult classics.

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (1)

EyelessFade (618151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393768)

It's Mr. Hilter [youtube.com] to you

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (0, Offtopic)

b4upoo (166390) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395392)

So not only are Floridians unable to count votes we now find that they also can't spell even on a wanted poster.

Re:Sorry, Mr. Hitlar, (1)

ittybad (896498) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396632)

Goodwin'd on the first post. Bravo.

I wonder how many (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393096)

slashdotters are googling themselves right now.

Re:I wonder how many (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393310)

Wouldn't show anything for me. My name is too common. However, <firstname lastname city> shows me on the results, but still not first.

Re:I wonder how many (0)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393354)

that's so weird! my name is Firstname Lastname, but i live in Town. It's just a few miles up the road from City.

Re:I wonder how many (2, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393412)

And here I imagined him googling "Coward, Anonymous"

Re:I wonder how many (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394166)

I actually had a friend who lived in a town named Street (Street, MD).

Re:I wonder how many (1)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394598)

Was his last name Street too? If so, he should’ve gone to medical school.

Street, M.D. of Street, MD.

Re:I wonder how many (1)

RobertM1968 (951074) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394800)

Uh wow! You know him too?

Re:I wonder how many (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394816)

There is an address 123 West South Street in Warrensburg, MO.

Re:I wonder how many (1)

masher_oz (1145983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394970)

There's a High Street Road just near where I live...

Re:I wonder how many (1)

OlRickDawson (648236) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395436)

The best street sign that I have seen was for "That Road"

Too many hits = crude privacy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393958)

The only privacy I have on Google is that I've also got a common enough name that googling me gets a few million hits. The first few pages are about a professional jazz drummer with a similar name, and if you've heard me drumming you know that we're not the same person. You could still google my name and a few keywords and get stuff about me, but I'm not even the only person in my field with my name.

Re:I wonder how many (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393620)

And like their voice mail they find nothing. Whew!

Re:I wonder how many (1)

Reilaos (1544173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394144)

My name first name and last name match the first and middle name of an occultist, so I get him whenever I google myself.

I wonder if my being wanted for murder would push me up the results over that guy.... This is a dangerous train of thought.

Re:I wonder how many (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395500)

Anton?

Re:I wonder how many (2, Funny)

thejuggler (610249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394170)

Apparently I stole Microsoft source code and tried to sell it and got busted back in 2004/2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Genovese [wikipedia.org]

I am NOT ILLWILL!!

I am NOT THAT stupid!

Re:I wonder how many (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394998)

I have the same first and last name of a rockstar by coincidence, so I always have cool stuff going on when I google my name. It would be very cool if they started using my picture as well

Re:I wonder how many (1)

Ch_Omega (532549) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395986)

Lucky you... I have the same first and last name as a famous tripple-murderer. Various "interesting" experiences have thought me to use my middle-name when introducing myself to new people...

Re:I wonder how many (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34395030)

pervert

Re:I wonder how many (1)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395878)

Did it yesterday - only a couple of outstanding tickets and a DUI - nothing to write home about

He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393100)

He will have a hard time getting a job now.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

aitikin (909209) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393200)

Time for a lawsuit and a name change.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393348)

... and a face change.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393682)

Nope, trying to do a face change will only get him sued [slashdot.org] .

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

Pichu0102 (916292) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395912)

"Why should I have to change my name, he's the one that sucks!"

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393216)

I'd be thinking about a lawsuit if they didn't remove all photos of me related to the murder.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393704)

... to the extent that anything can be "removed" from the internet once it's out in the wild.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393706)

Hopefully the brain dead idiocy that first name & last name is a unique identifier will die sooner or later. In the meantime, he would probably be well advised to do what those of us who do not Google well do, and make some mention of it in a covering letter. Admittedly, "I'm not a murderer" is probably a little weirder than "I'm not in a band, that's the other <first name> <last name>, nor do I have a PhD in Biology"...

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393774)

Not only is your name not a unique identifier, but if you spell it wrong, you aren't even close when doing a data search.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

ryanov (193048) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395490)

Someone at my university wrote something and included Soundex searches. It is really dead on for finding the right spelling of the name with a misspelled name.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (2, Interesting)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393972)

Getting a job? Hell this explains why he couldn't get a date over the last couple of years. Didn't you know that women google you now before going on dates to see if you are some looser or something embarrassing might pop up and shame them in front of their girlfriends?

I had one girl shoot me down because she could fine 20 to 30 others with the same name as mine but not me on a google search. She claimed I was using an alias.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (0, Troll)

dwinks616 (1536791) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394396)

Or maybe they realized with spelling as bad as yours, you likely didn't make it past 3rd grade.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395918)

What's wrong with my 3rd grade education? And exactly where exactly is the incorrect spelling?

Perhaps you haven't learned as much in all your years of schooling as I have in my 4 years.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

Effexor (544430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396020)

I suspect it he's talking about 'looser', which I admit is my one all time personal spelling nazi trigger. A looser is someone who isn't quite as tight enough. Insults should always be spelled correctly.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396256)

And there's also "fine" instead of "find".

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (4, Insightful)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396376)

I had one girl shoot me down because she could fine 20 to 30 others with the same name as mine but not me on a google search. She claimed I was using an alias.

You may not believe me, but you dodged a bullet.

Re:He will have a hard time geting a job now (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394858)

I'd say he'll probably have an easier time than if he hadn't found this.

A week from now, the first hit on Google for his name will be this story. Amusing, and must have given him the shock of his life, but won't seriously concern anyone.

Last week, they'd have seen the same thing as Garcia.

North by Northwest (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393108)

Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely, Mr. Garcia?

Kinda like the German (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393112)

Kinda like the German guy that the American government kidnapped in Germany cause they confused him with someone else.

Where's the rest of the video? (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393236)

Next item on "The Rundown" is "Naked Ladies"... I'd rather watch that story.

Re:Where's the rest of the video? (1)

savvysteve (1915898) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393272)

Well it is local news so I am sure the good parts will be blurred.... LOL

Opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393248)

Who else has heard of the legendary four corners of opportunity? Can you name them all?

The stuffing is a nice place. It's warm, it's stuffy, and there's parades all around!

Re:Opportunity (1)

HalifaxRage (640242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393332)

Do you mean http://www.timecube.com ?

Re:Opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393392)

CENTMAN - The act of giving an evil toy a few cents to leave you alone.
HEHMAN - The satisfied feeling you get when you blame your actions on another, thereby causing their bootyasscheek johnson ultimatums to be violated to the fullest extent (or tickled).
THATMAN - The target you are trying to blame.
UGHMAN - When your plans do not go as expected but your bootyasscheek johnson ultimatums end up less violated or tickled than expected.

MyLifeSentence Is A Bogus Website (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393270)

Nobody is actually looking for you for murder.

They just want you to sign up for their dating service.

That's nothing! (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393328)

I googled myself the other day and found out I was murdered!

Re:That's nothing! (3, Interesting)

panda (10044) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393436)

You laugh, but a man, with the same first and last name as I, was murdered in Jamaica several years ago in a rather brutal fashion: he was decapitated with a machete. He was leading a ring of phone scammers and some of the other members of the ring had a disagreement over the money.

Another man with the same first and last name is serving a prison sentence for weapons charges.

Another man with the same first and last name is a doctor.

Another is a low-budget file directory.

I could go on.

Its fun having a common name.

No, I didn't google myself as a result of this story. I do from time to time when bored with nothing else to do. If you google my name now, you don't get the murder story until very far into the results, but it was among the top results when it happened four or five years ago.

Re:That's nothing! (1)

WidgetGuy (1233314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395318)

My mom warned me I'd go blind if I didn't stop googling myself five to six times a day..

Naked Ladies (4, Funny)

nege (263655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393338)

Am I the only one that noticed "NAKED LADIES" on the news bar to the right of the screen at the start of video? I have the whole internet at my fingertips and I'm thinking "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NAKED LADIES???"

Re:Naked Ladies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393886)

They are not accused of murder either.

Re:Naked Ladies (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34395688)

bare naked ladies?

Re:Naked Ladies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34396572)

Well, two thirds of "the whole internet" is , in fact, naked ladies.

You can go blind doing that... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393346)

...googling yourself.

(Semi)-Common name FTW (1)

EricWright (16803) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393356)

Stories like this make me glad I have a fairly common name that is shared with multiple famous people, including a former NFL player, a dead rapper and a famous architect.

Re:(Semi)-Common name FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393522)

"Biggie"?

Re:(Semi)-Common name FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393574)

>NFL player, a dead rapper and a famous architect.

DJ Brett Lyoyd Wright Daddy, is that you?

Re:(Semi)-Common name FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34394188)

tupac?

Re:(Semi)-Common name FTW (0, Troll)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394528)

"Stories like this make me glad I have a fairly common name that is shared with multiple famous people, including a former NFL player, a dead rapper and a famous architect."

I'm just glad the rapper is dead.

Re:(Semi)-Common name FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34394776)

So you're not THE Eric Wright? That makes me sad. Every time I see you post I think about how I used to know a bitch named Eric Eright. We used to roll around and fuck the hoes at night. Tight than a motherfucker with the gangsta beats. And we was ballin' on the motherfucking Compton streets.

Pretty Crazy (1)

savvysteve (1915898) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393386)

Really sounds like some crappy odds... The guy's name is one letter different and the birth dates are one year apart. This really does appear to be an honest mistake. The two pictures even looked a lot a like. It sounds like he did the right thing and contacted the police and cleared his "name" spelled with an "a" not and "e". I'm sure this isn't the first time something like this has happened but in this case I can see how it did happen.

Re:Pretty Crazy (1)

rhizome (115711) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393722)

The two pictures even looked a lot a like.

You know we pay people a lot of money to be good at this kind of thing, right? I'm not so sure I'd want to let them off the hook so easily.

Well, someone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393460)

Close enough.
To quote National Treasure, "Someone's has to go to jail."

Re:Well, someone... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394708)

Close enough.
To quote National Treasure, "Someone's has to go to jail."

If someone is going to jail, make sure its the client.

There's a movie for this... (3, Interesting)

zuki (845560) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393476)

Inbefore the obligatory quote from Terry Gilliam's prophetic movie masterpiece Brazil [imdb.com] with the mistake between 'Buttle' and 'Tuttle', and the ensuing pandemonium.

Re:There's a movie for this... (2, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394020)

As stated clearly in Internet Posting Control Commission policy 57Q paragraph 14 subsection xli, in order to claim 'Inbefore' status, you must fill out forms 27B-6, ID10-T, and P3B-C4K in triplicate, and get approvals from the Comment Working Group 2 weeks before you make the comment. Any questions or concerns about this policy should be directed to the Complaints Reporting SubCommittee of the IPCC on the third Thursday of the month.

A clever ploy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393714)

-First have an ID made with a minor spelling difference of your name.
-Commit murder.
-When the police look for you point out the minor difference and lead them to believe it is a case of stolen identity.
-Post story to slashdot to make it sound like fact.
-Profit!

Privacy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34393916)

So I'm curious if it's a privacy issue to be posting his DOB all over the airwaves and subsequently the net.

that isn't the real crime here (3, Insightful)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394334)

The real travesty is not that law enforcement mixed him up with another kid, its that the kid is charged with felony murder because the homeowner of the house he was robbing shot at and killed one of his friends. While I cannot necessarily condemn the homeowner for his act, to charge the three surviving robbers with murder is ludicrous. One teenager paid the highest possible price for his foolish act, and now the criminal justice system is going to destroy three other lives? what the hell Florida? If I jaywalk with three other people and a motor runs over one of us, are the rest of us guilty of vehicular manslaughter?

Re:that isn't the real crime here (0)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394788)

Most states have the same law. If you are in the act of committing a felony, and someone dies as a result, you are guilty of murder. Makes sense to me.

Re:that isn't the real crime here (0)

PlusFiveTroll (754249) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395006)

If I jaywalk with three other people and a motor runs over one of us, are the rest of us guilty of vehicular manslaughter?

If by jaywalking at that time and place is a felony offense, then yes the rest of you are (or can be charged and tried)

Moral of the story, do not be a fucking piece of shit, or you could go to prison for the rest of your life for it.

Re:that isn't the real crime here (4, Insightful)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395430)

The fact that you cannot see the immorality of this kind of logic is further evidence of the systemic breakdown of both morality and law within your (our) society. Theft is not murder, but by the twisted logic of your court system, it can be if a homeowner uses lethal force to protect his physical possessions. Now, having said that, I can see where something like this can originate from. If you're getting robbed, and you bolt out into traffic to get away only to be squished by a truck, the robber is culpible. Run over a pedestrian while trying to get away? Culpible. Robbing a house only to have your friend shot and killed by the homeowner? Probably not the original intent of the bill but hey, slippery slopes tend to end up in ridiculous situations like this.

Re:that isn't the real crime here (3, Insightful)

kevorkian (142533) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395934)

There is a reasonable expectation that the homeowner will defend himself.
How is shooting the intruder any diffrent then running over someone while escaping.
Both were forced by the robber.

The robber put in motion the events could reasonably be foreseen as resulting in the death. If the robbery did not happen , the person would not be dead. I believe that the legal term is 'depraved indifference to human life'.

Re:that isn't the real crime here (2, Insightful)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395686)

That's the brilliant genius of the felony murder law.

If someone dies while you're commiting a felony - even if you didn't pull the trigger - you're liable for felony murder.

In this case, I suppose the justification is that if the kids never tried to rob the house their companion never would have died and thus they are guilty of felony murder as a result. Honestly though I think the whole law is too broad and overreaching. There shouldn't be such harsh penalties for an indirect responsibility.

Re:that isn't the real crime here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34396276)

>If someone dies while you're commiting a felony

Where I live, having a detectable amount of marijuana on your person is a felony.
So if anyone dies anywhere while you have a joint in your pocket, is that murder?

Re:that isn't the real crime here (1)

PacketShaper (917017) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395996)

No. You would not be charged because you were not in the act of committing a felony by jaywalking, as they were with this home invasion.

I live in Florida and a friend's girlfriend was charged with murder because of an incident very similar to this. She lured some guy to a place with the promise of sex in order for her two armed friends to rob him.
The would-be victim pulled a a gun and shot one of the would-be robbers. The other and the girl who "masterminded" the crime both got 25 to life for their part in their friend's wrongful death while committing a felony.

Felony murder law (4, Insightful)

Zatar (131299) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394432)

On a complete tangent, reading this article is the first time I've noticed the ugly little details of the "felony murder law".

Under Florida law, individuals involved in a felony resulting in death can be charged with murder.

You'd think that means if you kill someone while committing a felony that you can be charged with murder. That seems somewhat reasonable, although I can think of cases where it would be excessive.

It turns out if you break into a house for a robbery and some other guy that came with you kills someone maybe somewhere else in the house and you didn't even know you can still be charged with murder.

Now, that seems pretty unfair but we find out in this story that they can go even beyond that. In this story a couple of kids break into a house and the homeowner shoots and kills one of them. They then applied this law to charge the other kid with murder!

That's pretty messed up.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

hldn (1085833) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394668)

That's pretty messed up.

uh not really, their actions are directly responsible for that other kid dying. they are very much culpable.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394790)

And if you jaywalk with a friend, only to have your friend get hit by a car, you are guilty of vehicular manslughter.

Don't drop the soap.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

Tynin (634655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395134)

And if you jaywalk with a friend, only to have your friend get hit by a car, you are guilty of vehicular manslughter.

As a Floridian, I can happily inform you that jaywalking is one of the few things you can do in this State that isn't a felony.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

spazdor (902907) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395630)

If you are guilty of any crime, YOU ARE GUILTY OF ALL CRIMES.
Principle of explosion, right?

Re:Felony murder law (2)

Bobakitoo (1814374) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395226)

The one that press the triger is the one DIRECTLY responsible for the death. In that case, he was legitimate to shoot. Therefore, there was no murder. If you think indirect responsability should get charged with murder to apprear tough on crime then why not charge the architect! That right, he did not put bars on windows when he design the house, simple bars would have prevent the kid from entering and get kill in the first place.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395774)

Because the architect wasn't commiting a feloney.

A better example would be a case where a guy committed purgery when, on the stand, when he testified that he was with his wife on the night that his wife's sister was accused of drunk driving. Having told his wife that he was at work, he pisses off his wife so much that she pulls out a gun and shoots the Judge, all members of the Jury, and the husband's lawyer.

Obviously, he should be charged with murder.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396358)

>Because the architect wasn't commiting a [felony.]

Depending on the state, he was. He had a valid defense, but he still committed homicide. There can be some very subtle aspects to self defense. It's a good idea to learn the laws of your state. Some people make the assumption that "homicide is legal" in certain circumstances (self defense, castle doctrine, etc.) but it really is not that simple. You may be able to persuade a grand jury that your actions were defensible, but that's not the same thing as saying that you didn't commit homicide -- you *did* commit homicide, and your circumstances either amount to a statutory defense or else you convinced a grand jury of reasonable peers not to prosecute you.

I suggest whether you own a firearm or not, you learn how this works in your state. I think it would surprise you how many people are locked up in prison for decades, who didn't understand how the law works when it comes to self-defense.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394844)

IANAL, but this little bit of law is standard in the US and been for a long time. Heck, I even think it standard under common law - so not just the US and not just recently.

Re:Felony murder law (1)

Krater76 (810350) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395832)

It's interesting, I read that little blurb too. It immediately made me think of an episode of 'The Defenders'. Now, I know that it is just TV show but the same thing happened.

On the show, the defendant was simply driving some friends to a bar. In the bar the friends were shaking down the owner for some money that was owed. The friends didn't know that there were 4 off duty cops in there and one of the friends ends up shot and killed. The argument was that, even though he was outside, the defendant was participating and was thus able to be charge with the murder. His legal counsel argued that no murder actually took place. If what the homeowner did was considered 'justifiable homicide' then no one was actually murdered, therefore there was no crime actually committed (other than the break in) since you can't have a non-murder and a murder to the same person at the same time. This argument was successful on the show, not sure if it is the same in real life.

Could be worst (4, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394682)

This is a funny mistake but... you know... at least it was the civilian police, and civilian courts.

He should be glad his last name isn't El Masri: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_El-Masri [wikipedia.org] :

a German citizen who was kidnapped,[3] flown to Afghanistan, interrogated and allegedly tortured by the CIA for several months as a part of the War on Terror. Afterwards he was released. This extrajudicial detention was apparently due to a misunderstanding that arose concerning the similarity of the spelling of El-Masri's name with the spelling of suspected terrorist al-Masri[4] (the names are spelled the same way when using Arabic script).

On a related note, a friend of mine recently found he had a warrant for issues that are besides the point. Lets just say, dubious charges of a domestic nature. So, upon finding this out, and verifying it, he drove to a friends place to "lay low" while he calls his lawyer and figures what to do next. The advice he got? Interestingly.... go to the court house in the AM and surrender directly to the court. In this case, that meant he a) looked responsible to the judge b) got it over with quickly and c) denied the police (who had only heard the other side of the story) no chance to "recommend bail".

In the end, he walked out on his on recognizance. (well, end of the day, if not the story)

-Steve

Wanted for murder (2, Interesting)

Taser (315566) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394934)

I can empathize with the shock of finding out you're wanted for something this severe that you have absolutely no involvement in. While we lived outside of the US, my brother had his car stolen, so we reported it to the police that very night.

A couple of weeks later, a magazine notorious for reporting on gory crimes with graphic photos (at the time, everyone joked that "blood leaked out of the magazine if you squeezed it hard enough") had both my brother and myself accused as murderers in a crime that involved the stolen vehicle. It turns out that a receipt they found in the vehicle had my brother's name and my family's phone number. It took a while to determine that the victim was related to the author of the article, and after talking with the police, we were able to clear our names and get a retraction printed.

Eric Schmidt has the answer! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34395154)

Just change your name and move on!
Oh, wait, they used your picture?
Well, then just change your face and move on!!!

DJDevon3 (2, Insightful)

djdevon3 (947872) | more than 3 years ago | (#34395722)

While searching for my own name I found out someone in the same town with the same name was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The guy was nailed for possession of about 3 kilo's of cocaine. The intent to distribute was pretty obvious. Let's just say none of my old friends or girlfriends have ever contacted me since.

Which brings up a nifty scenario if you don't want to be contacted by old girlfriends. Just find a state vs drug dealer affidavit online somewhere, fill in the blanks with you name, create your own legal sounding domain name, and post it. Private reg on the dns is a good idea. This happened to me coincidentally but I was thinking it would work exactly the same if I did it to myself on purpose. It's not illegal to make a hoax directed towards yourself right? It works surprisingly well.

1. Old hats will not take the trouble to wade through the justice system to find your contact info.
2. They probably wouldn't want to after reading your affidavit anyway.

Make social engineering statements in the affidavit to deter old hat resurrection. For female deterrent add things like "hit girlfriend and mother in the face with large bludgeoning tool (baseball bat)". For male deterrent add things like "stabbed neighbor in the testicles with a hunting knife".

That'll learn him (1)

wraithguard01 (1159479) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396082)

So, the way the article is written, it almost makes it sound like he was accused of murder BECAUSE he googled his name. "...surprised to find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name."

Re:That'll learn him (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 3 years ago | (#34396396)

Or like a Web N.0 thing where sites construct whatever information you're supposed to want to see based on your search.

Second Degree Felony Murder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34396484)

Forget that someone was misidentified...

Excerpt:
"Authorities say Murphy and 15-year-old Otilio Rubio broke into a Davenport home Sept. 22. The homeowner shot at them, and Rubio later died from a head wound.
Under Florida law, individuals involved in a felony resulting in death can be charged with murder. The homeowner was not charged."
Source: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=149990&catid=8

The actual guy they were after wasn't guilty of murder at all; the crime has nothing to do with murder!, someone died but because of a bullshit law stating that a death during a felony means that those committing the felony are held responsible even if they didn't have any weapons, or intent do kill, it was the homeowner that killed the guy!!!

Damn it people murder is intent to kill, the label is designed to make the prosecutors look like they're dealing justice; this is not justice if you are held responsible for a crime that you did not commit, a massively unjust law.

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