Woman Jailed 53 Days in Name Mixup

Her crime: Having the same first name as someone else
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2011 6:06 PM CDT
Woman Jailed 53 Days in Name Mixup
File photo of a jail cell.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – That Fargo line of "I'm not sure that I agree with you 100% on your police work there, Lou" applies here in a big way: When Teresa Culpepper called to report a missing truck, officers arrived at her house and promptly arrested her on charges of aggravated assault, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The problem is they confused her with someone else named Teresa—not even another Teresa Culpepper, just another Teresa—and she wound up spending 53 days in jail.

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“Her birth date didn't match. Her address didn't match. Her description didn't match. Other than the name Teresa, nothing matched,” says her attorney. She got out when a public defender had the assault victim come to court and say Culpepper was not the accused attacker. Culpepper's attorney promises a lawsuit unless the city offers a settlement. (Read more Atlanta stories.)

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