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22 February 2020

Fault Lines Final Friday Fail 2016

December 23, 2016 (Fault Lines) — It’s beginning to look a lot like that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and time for the Final Fault Lines Friday Fail of 2016. While you hung stockings by the chimney with care, the Fault Lines writers worked tirelessly this week to bring you the best legal analysis on the web. Now we step back, because it’s time for you, our valued readers, to have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our weekly reader selected “prize” to the week’s most monumental criminal justice system failure, as brought to you by the Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winners” were Clayton County Georgia’s Child Support Court bailiffs for shooting a guy using a tablet in court. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. Cop rape, known as “cavity searches,” comes to your local schools.
  2. The quickest route out of jail is being a sad cop who lost weight.
  3. The Volunteer State values Lawrence McKinney’s life at $75.
  4. Loyola University students lose their mind over a classmate’s pending criminal case.
  5. A Miami attorney pushes for “civility courts,” and thankfully it’s not our Mario Machado.

This is the last one of the year, so as you peruse the final carefully selected failures 2016 has to offer remember the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule: you can’t vote unless you’ve read the post. Go ahead, it’s cool. We’ll still be here. And while it’s not a rule, it would be greatly appreciated if you’d leave a comment telling us why you think your selection is the biggest failure of the bunch.  Our completely unscientific study shows every thoughtful comment keeps the Grinch at bay. Go ahead, give us your thoughts and votes!

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Before you go, we seriously want to know: did we leave out a failure worthy of inclusion in the Final Friday Fail of 2016? If so, let us know in the comments. Since this is the last Friday Fail of the year, is there a particular Fault Lines story our contributors covered this year that was the biggest failure of them all? Let us know in the comments. And as always, if you see a failure so bad it deserves a slot in the First Friday Fail of 2017, let us known on Twitter at @faultXlines with the hashtag #FridayFail so we can check it out.

We look forward to hearing from you. Have fun, and from all of us at Fault Lines, have a happy holiday!

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  • CLS
    23 December 2016 at 10:22 am - Reply

    And the final vote of 2016 goes to Harrisville, NY’s school system for their decision to allow a girl to be sexually assaulted with two cops standing watch. It shouldn’t happen to adults, and there’s no excuse for it to happen to kids.

  • JAV
    23 December 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Another vote for the terrible treatment of the student in NY, with this roasted chestnut I’ve read time to time from cranky libertarians.

    “Government is simply the name we give to the things we choose to do to each other.”

    • CLS
      23 December 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      The day has yet to end and already 70% of the voting public agrees with you.

  • David Meyer-Lindenberg
    23 December 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    How could I not vote for the sad cop?

    • CLS
      23 December 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Because you’re a gentle giant?