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"A man's nightmare made real"



The two-part LA Times story on the falsely accused Luis Gonzalez III is horrifying to read: his ex, trying to gain the upper hand in a child-custody dispute, falsely accused him of rape and kidnapping and torture, and he spent months in jail before he was cleared by alibi witnesses discovered by a private investigator. Gonzalez would faced five consecutive life sentences, but Ventura County prosecutors refuse to charge Tracy West with filing a false police report. Gonzalez won $55,000 in sanctions after winning a related civil proceeding where West sought a permanent restraining order, and settled a malicious prosecution suit. But if he hadn't bought a bagel for breakfast, he might still be in prison.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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