Civil Liberties

The Fugitive


Louisiana Police nabbed Alan Gourgue for driving too slowly and having an insufficiently visible license plate and took him to jail. The next morning they told him he had a warrant out for being AWOL from the Marines. Gourgue tried to explain to the cops, the Marines and anyone else who might listen that he'd been honorably discharged five years earlier. But computer records showed he'd deserted in 2008. He was hauled in handcuffs to Camp Pendleton and put on work detail. A month later, the Marines admitted that he had indeed been honorably discharged and released him. In the meantime, he'd lost his job.