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21 November 2019

Fault Lines Friday Fail

January 20. 2017 (Fault Lines) — Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and another edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. From debates over criminalizing pornography, symbolic DOJ reports on police brutality, and throwback laws regarding sex offenders, it’s been a banner week for the site that brings you the best legal analysis the web has to offer. Now it’s time to step back and let you, our valued readers, have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our weekly reader selected “prize” to the most monumental failure of the criminal justice system, as delivered by the Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winners” were the Meade County, Kentucky prosecutors who tried for the death penalty in a botched murder case. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. A North Dakota legislator wants to make it legal for you to run protesters down.
  2. Massachusetts cops just love a good jail beatdown.
  3. Women visiting loved ones at Rikers Island are getting raped by COs.
  4. The DoJ’s Chicago Police report does exactly nothing to stop police brutality.
  5. A 23 year old cop crashed a party and shot up his neighbor’s house.

Remember the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule as you peruse this week’s carefully curated selections: you can’t vote unless you read the post. Go ahead, it’s cool. We’ll be here when you return. And while it’s not a rule, a comment on why your selection is the biggest failure would be greatly appreciated. This is your time to voice your opinion! Why would you waste that opportunity?

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Wait! We’re not done here! Did we leave something out that needed to be in this week’s Friday Fail? If so, let us know in the comments. It’s cool. And as always, if you run across a criminal justice failure so bad it deserves a nod in next week’s 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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  • jdgalt
    24 January 2017 at 12:06 am - Reply

    While running protesters down may (or may not) be a bit excessive, we certainly ought to enact a “right to go about your normal daily business without deliberate interference” that trumps the right to engage in protest activity. Because if this is not done, nihilist brutes such as these so-called protestors will be able to destroy any economic activity they dislike with impunity.