In an interesting development in the Claude Allen fiasco, there are reports that the "Evil Twin" defense may be utilized at trial (hat tip: the stopped clock blog). As you may already know, Claude Allen is the former top advisor to Bush who was recently arrested and charged with multiple felony theft counts relating to allegations that he engaged in a scheme all too familiar to those who've practiced criminal law--"returning" not-yet-purchased items using a prior receipt for identical items.
Apparently, Allen has a twin, and there have been suggestions that his twin was the true culprit, as discussed here. While it appears that the media pundits are scoffing at this defense, it's actually not all that uncommon of a situation. I encountered a number of cases as an APD in which an innocent person was initially charged for crimes committed by their identical twin. It's a perfectly legitimate defense, and may actually explain the bizarre actions attributed to this formerly upstanding citizen.
I know that some of you may point to his alleged confession to the Target rent-a-cop as proof of his guilt, but I've never been one to give confessions to store security much credence, for any number of reasons.
In any event, it's a strange case and one that I'll be following with interest.