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Fault Lines Friday Fail

August 26, 2016 (Fault Lines) — It’s been another incredible week of stories at Fault Lines.  From cops lamenting their poor public image to the ACLU tirelessly trying to figure out what cause to back, our contributors worked hard this week to bring you the best legal analysis the web has to offer.  Now it’s time for that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and the latest edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail.  This is the part where you, our valued readers, get your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our weekly reader-selected “prize” to the criminal justice system’s most monumental failure of the week, as delivered to you by the Fault Lines Contributors.  Last week’s “winner” was Officer Lee Coel for shooting a librarian during a gun “accident.” Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. The attorney-client privilege isn’t a big deal for Kansas U.S. Attorneys or CCA Leavenworth.
  2. Government contractors use prison labor to make defective helmets for American troops.
  3. It took ten years and millions in salary before an abusive Chicago cop got fired.
  4. Florida prosecutors heap charges on a high school student to ensure he won’t make bail.
  5. A Vermont judge plays politics from the bench during sentencing instead of ruling on law.

Prior to your selection, remember the cardinal rule of the Friday Fail: you can’t vote until you read the post.  Go ahead, it’s cool.  We’ll still be here when you’re finished.  And while it’s not a requirement, if you’d leave a comment telling us why your selection was a bigger failure than the others, it would be spiffy and make our contributors smile.  Plus, you get the added benefit of telling everyone why you’re right and they’re wrong!  It’s a win-win!

So which fail is it? Which one? Give it up?!?

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Before you go we want to know: did we leave out the worst fail of the week?  If so, let us know in the comments.  And as aways, if there’s something you see that’s so bad it deserves inclusion in next week’s Friday Fail, hit us up 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
    26 August 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Vote this week to CCA, Leavenworth, and the Kansas US Attorney’s office. I get kind of pissed when attorney-client privilege is violated. When it’s violated by an outside party and used to influence cases, I get all kinds of pissed off.

  • Tom H
    26 August 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Since I can’t pick on Ryan Lochte anymore I went with the prison tapes. Even if Ryan had made the cut I still would have gone with the prison tapes.

  • JT
    26 August 2016 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    How about the Cook County judge who let her clerk sit in on multiple traffic cases and render judgements, presumably to prepare her for when she was a real judge?