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Fault Lines Friday Fail

December 16, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Hi, everybody! It may be nine days till the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s already that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, which brings you another edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. As the temperatures steadily drop, the heat keeps rising as the Fault Lines contributors work harder than Santa’s elves to bring you the best legal analysis on the web. 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 week’s most monumental criminal justice system failure, as brought to you by the Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winners” were three Harris County Magistrates that completely neglect Texas’s laws concerning bail bonds. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. A man is tased and shot for using a tablet while waiting on his child support case.
  2. Uber and Lyft might be the “ultimate side hustles” that send you to jail.
  3. Denver cops are swiping the blankets of homeless people to stop “urban camping.”
  4. Two Iowa cops were caught planting drugs on suspects.
  5. “Drug Courts” don’t always work for addicts, and might worsen their problems.

While you peruse the week’s carefully selected criminal justice failures, remember the Friday Fails First (and only) Rule: you can’t vote unless you read the post. Go on, it’s cool. We’ll still be here when you return. And while it’s not a rule, a comment on why your selection was the biggest failure of them all is greatly appreciated. Fault Lines’ totally unscientific polls show a Friday Fail comment decreases your chances of coal in your stocking. You don’t want coal for Christmas, do you? Go vote!

What's the least cheery fail this week?

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Hold on! Before you go, we seriously want to know: is there something we left out this week worthy of inclusion in the Friday Fail? Let us know in the comments. It’s cool. And as always, if you spot a criminal justice system failure so bad it deserves a spot in the next 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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  • Tom H
    16 December 2016 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Tough call between blanket stealing cops & getting shot at the courthouse for using a tablet. So far the votes seem to agree.

    • CLS
      19 December 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

      I went for the tablet shooting, but you are correct. It’s almost a dead even split. Get your friends and family to up the vote of your choosing!