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Fault Lines Friday Fail

July 29, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Welcome back to the most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and another edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail.  From prosecutors angrily justifying placing rape victims behind bars to our first reported “cop hate crime,” our contributors worked tirelessly to bring you the best legal analysis on the Internet.  Now it’s time for us to step back as you, our valued readers, take center stage.

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” was Stephen Loomis, the head of Cleveland, Ohio’s largest police union.  Check out this week’s top 5 fails and then pick your favorite.

  1. Harris County DA Devon Anderson jailed a rape victim to ensure her testimony.
  2. A Pennsylvania cop made a “human mistake” by destroying evidence and lying on reports.
  3. Washington State arguably brings us the first “hate crime” charge with a cop “victim.
  4. It only took about two decades to convict a crooked Kentucky
  5. The Department of Justice wants all the money connected to “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

All who would vote must abide by the Cardinal Rule of the Friday Fail: Thou Shalt Not Vote Until Thou Hast Read The Post.  Go ahead, it’s cool.  We’ll wait.  And while it’s not a rule, it’d make us smile if you’d leave a comment telling us what made your choice the biggest failure of the week.  You’ve got your chance to tell the world why you’re right and everyone else is wrong!  It’s the best exercise of free speech you get all week!

Of all the fails, which is the failiest of them all?

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Before you go, we seriously want to know: did we manage to miss the worst failure of the week?  If so, let us know.  It’s cool.  And as always, if you come across a failure so bad it should be included in the next installment of the Friday Fail, let us know on Twitter at @faultXlines with the hashtag #FridayFail so we can check it out.

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

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  • CLS
    29 July 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Tough decision for me this week, and that’s because all the FL contributors make my life easier when writing these posts.

    This time I’m going for our corrupt Kentucky cop, because this sort of small town corruption just chaps my ass.

  • Rojas
    29 July 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Regarding Devon Anderson and her dehumanizing treatment of rape victim Jenny.

    It’s likely that the serial rapist would have been incarcerated with no opportunity to assault Jenny had the had Harris County worked through their rape kits in a workman like manner. And that’s really all about priorities.

    Not to hang all the blame at Devon’s feet for that particular issue, but she had to be aware that Harris County failed Jenny long before the trial date. If ever there was a time for the kid gloves to be used this case was the one.

  • David Meyer Lindenberg
    29 July 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    The anti-cop hate speech arrest gets my vote. America needs to stop trying to be Germany.

    • CLS
      29 July 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      But in Germany all the trains run on time, don’t they?

      • David Meyer Lindenberg
        30 July 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

        Ouch. Touché.