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18 June 2019

Fault Lines Friday Fail

June 24, 2016 (Fault Lines) — It’s the most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend.  That means it’s time for another edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail.  Our contributors have done all the work, and now 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 criminal justice system’s most monumental failure as offered by our Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winner” with almost half the vote was New Mexico’s $3 per hour indigent defense system.  Check out this week’s top 5 fails and then pick this week’s favorite.

  1. A mentally ill inmate is boiled to death for defecating in his cell. No charges for anyone.
  2. In police investigations, it’s always nice to have a little help from your friends.
  3. Judges advocate reinstating a lawyer because he pleads cases like nobody’s business.
  4. Screw your waiver of rights. If the Government says you get a jury trial, you get a jury.
  5. Louisiana’s solution to a heroin problem? Arrest everybody!

We’ve got one rule before voting: you can’t vote if you didn’t read the post.  It’s okay, we’ll wait.  And it’s not a rule, but we’d really appreciate if you’d comment telling us what made your choice the biggest failure of the week.  You get the chance to express your opinion and tell everyone why you’re right and they’re wrong!  Why wouldn’t you exercise that ability?


Before you go, we seriously want to know:  Did we leave out the worst fail of the week?  If so, let us know.  It’s cool.  By the way, if you see something fail so bad it should be in next week’s Friday fail, let us know on Twitter at @faultXlines with the hashtag #FridayFail so we can check it out.

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We look forward to hearing from you. And have fun.

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  • CLS
    24 June 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I swear this week the picks weren’t rigged.
    And any time someone is boiled in a death room I’ll call that an injustice. Especially if the guy was mentally ill.

  • Scott Jacobs
    24 June 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Boiled to Death in Jail gets my vote, and my rage.