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Portrait Of An Innocent Man
Roger Benson is an innocent man. He is so innocent that he has been condemned to an unjust fate. From the time that he was fingerprinted during an arrest for a minor traffic violation, he has been innocent of any knowledge concerning the machine that scanned and recorded his fingerprints.
This machine, called the “Livescan Tenprinter,” used Electronic Fingerprint cards, or EFCs for short, to record the fingerprints that served as keys to a database of information on countless citizens in the state of Oregon, California, and every state in the United States to which the company Identix marketed their Livescan machine.
Roger Benson’s nine fingers were pressed one by one onto a glass plate where they were scanned by light rays emitted by the Livescan Machine. The machine was used in the manner intended, but the result was not what was intended.
Eight months later the machine created the very same Fingerprint Identification Number for a very different individual. In fact, this man — William Lee Kellogg — was a multiply convicted felon with ten fingers!
Roger Benson’s clean record became drastically corrupted by Kellogg’s criminal record, and the problem was only worsened when a couple months after his arrest Kellogg was convicted of three felony counts of Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.
The record mingled accurate physical descriptions of Roger Benson with William Lee Kellogg’s criminal record. As a result, when Benson encountered a police officer during a routine investigation and honestly disclosed that he had a .22 pistol in his truck, he was getting himself into trouble.
When the police officer looked at Benson’s record, he was actually reading one of the Livescan Machine’s multiple, destructive forgeries: this forgery said that Benson was a convicted felon, and therefore was not allowed to carry a weapon.
Benson was confined in the maximum security “D Block” for fourty-three days in the Yreka County Jail in California because he could not explain his criminal record.