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"It was frustrating," he says. "It seems like deputies can do whatever they want."
Earlier this year, Smith hired Newport Beach attorney Joshua R. Stock to file a federal lawsuit. According to Stock, the deputies are guilty of making a false arrest and violating his client's constitutional rights. The county responded by hiring a private law firm, which maintained in a court filing that the deputies' actions were "in all respects reasonable, proper and legal."
According to records, Caballero recently used Smith's identity in a San Francisco-area crime. He remains at large. Incredibly, more than 750 days after Hix cleared Smith of Caballero's acts, the sheriff's department continues to list him as the fugitive.
Asks a soft-spoken Smith, "When will this end?"
A jury trial for Smith's lawsuit is scheduled for April 2012.
This column appeared in print as "This Isn't the Man You're Looking For: Chris Adrian Smith has a court order declaring he is not wanted for a specific crime. Deputies arrested him for it anyway."