Clerical Error Leads to Criminal Release

    This photo released Friday, May 3, 2013, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff shows a Johnny Mata, who is charged with murder, and was accidentally released by authorities from jail last month because of a clerical error. Mata, 32, was in custody for a case that was dismissed when prosecutors filed a new murder charge for his role in an alleged 2010 gang shooting in Baldwin Park, Antuna said. However, the inmate was released before a clerk entered a hold for him. Authorities realized the mistake the next day on April 4. (AP Photo/Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department)

    Johnny Mata. (Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department/AP)

    This must be pretty high on the list of history's most unfortunate clerical errors. Los Angeles officials revealed Friday that Johnny Mata, charged for murder in a 2010 gang shooting, was mistakenly released from jail last month due to bureaucratic oversight. Even worse, the department waited until this week to announce the issue, apparently because it wanted to exhaust all possible leads first. The error allegedly occurred when a processing clerk forgot to enter a "hold" in Mata's file in the computer system. He is still at large.

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