Mimesis Law
28 May 2017

Fault Lines Friday Fail

September 30, 2016 (Fault Lines) — The temperatures are cooling down, but the heat keeps coming at Fault Lines. From a debate over forensic science in the courtroom to the barn-burning debut of our newest contributor, former federal defender Caleb Kruckenberg, our contributors worked tirelessly this week to bring you the best legal analysis on the web. Now that it’s that wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, it’s time once again for the Fault Lines Friday Fail. This is where we step back and you, our valued readers, get to have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our weekly reader-selected “prize” to the week’s most monumental failure of the criminal justice system, as brought to you by our Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winner,” earning the first ever Fault Lines mention at Snopes, was the Arizona Supreme Court opinion making changing a diaper a sex offense. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

1. If you live in Saginaw County, Michigan and own nice things, expect a visit from the Sheriff.

  1. A Milwaukee prisoner died after being denied drinking water as “punishment.”
  2. Prosecutors in Hawaii escape Brady violations with ease.
  3. When cops need probable cause to search a house, they call a parole officer with a “tip.”
  4. The test designed to select who makes it into law school can’t get the First Amendment right.

As you peruse this week’s selections, remember the Friday Fail’s one and only rule: you can’t vote if you didn’t read the post. Go ahead, it’s cool.  We’ll wait. And while it’s not a requirement, our contributors would feel all warm and fuzzy inside if you’d leave a comment telling us why your pick was the biggest failure. Don’t you want to make our writers feel warm and fuzzy inside? You know you do.

Which fail was the super failiest fail?

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Before we go, did we leave out a failure so egregious it deserved a mention in this week’s installment of the Friday Fail? If so, let us know in the comments. And as usual, if you see something worthy of inclusion in the next edition of the Fault Lines 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
    30 September 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Tough, tough choices this week. I went with the Saginaw Sheriff’s brazen theft of citizens’ property because these senseless jail deaths, while insane and outrageous, are so prevalent I’m starting to get desensitized to it.

    And that’s a scary place to be.