Another Wrongful Arrest Based On Mistaken Identity

Filed under: Criminal Law, News Tags: by Steven F. Fairlie @ September 7, 2010

We just posted on this issue, but already there has been another wrongful arrest based on mistaken identity.  Paolo Londono was arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Sunday as she disembarked from a Carnival Cruise ship with her husband and 9 month old son Nicholas.  She says that someone stole her identification in March and used it during an arrest for prostitution, possession of heroin, and drug paraphernalia. 

The issue can be cleared up by matching fingerprints taken during the March arrest to Paolo’s fingerprints, but because it is Labor Day weekend the authorities in charge of sending the prints to Broward County are not working until Tuesday.    She therefore has no chance of release until then.  Sheriff’s Office officials confirm that they must take into custody any person for whom there is a warrant until proof contrary to that assertion is obtained. 

Paolo’s family has hired a lawyer to help her due to the overwhelming embarrassment associated with the situation, the separation from her son and husband, and the fact that she suffers from high blood pressure and the prison did not immediately accept her medication to control the condition.  Hopefully this case has been or will be resolved shortly.

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