Frederick (fgmr) wrote,

From Risks Digest: Boy falsely jailed because of DST changeover

In a nutshell: on 11 Mar 2007, a school received a bomb threat and through their phone logs traced the call back to a 15-year-old boy, who was arrested and incarcerated for twelve days despite the fact that the boy's voice sounded nothing like the voice on the tape.

Of course the authorities had forgotten about the early onset of daylight savings time, and the boy had actually called the school *an hour before* the bomb threat.

After he protested his innocence, [...] the principal said: 'Well, why should we believe you? You're a criminal. Criminals lie all the time.'
Twelve days?

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