Nation: 269-01-6697 and 1984

To any citizen confounded by all the numbers—from social security, bank accounts, credit cards, car registration and driver's license, telephones, payroll, zip code—he finds attached to his name, there is not even nominal consolation in a new decision of the Ohio District Court of Appeals. Paul Ferguson, 57, of Columbus, was appealing his conviction for trying to pass a forged check; he had used someone else's social security card to cash the check, and his lawyers were contending that under the Miranda ruling limiting police interrogations Ferguson had been improperly induced to admit that the social security card was not his.

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