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Mistaken ID case: Man was jailed despite being 9 inches taller than the wanted man

Mario A. Garcia was booked into a Los Angeles County jail after law enforcement mistook him for a man with an identical birth date and the same first and last names. Garcia protested that deputies had the wrong man: The other Garcia, wanted on a warrant, was 9 inches shorter, 40 pounds lighter and had a different middle name.

But it wasn't until three days after the arrest that a judge rectified the mistake and released Garcia.

In a unanimous decision Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for Garcia to sue Los Angeles County and the...