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Fault Lines Friday Fail

January 13, 2017 (Fault Lines) — Welcome to that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and another installment of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. It may be Friday the Thirteenth, but you lucked into a full week’s worth of Fault Lines contributors bringing you the best legal analysis the web has to offer. Now it’s time for you, our valued reader, to have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our weekly reader selected “prize” to the criminal justice system’s biggest failure of the week, as delivered by the Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winners” were the Maricopa County corrections officers who beat a mentally ill veteran to death. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. Shoveling your neighbor’s driveway in Pocatello, Idaho nets you a $200 fine.
  2. If Meade County, Kentucky prosecutors botch your case they’ll try for the death penalty.
  3. Another college student made the mistake of trusting “unofficial rape counselors.”
  4. New Hampshire found a “novel” way to combat sexual assault: more bad laws.
  5. Washington State wants to criminalize touching your cell phone in your car.

As you cast your ballot for the week, remember the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule: 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 required, if you’d leave a comment letting us know why your selection was the biggest failure it would be greatly appreciated. A completely unscientific study shows voting and commenting on the Friday Fail increases your luck by 150%! Who doesn’t want that kind of benefit?

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Wait! Before you go, we seriously want to know: was there something we left out that should have been in this week’s installment? If so, let us know in the comments. And as always, if you see something worth a slot in next week’s installment 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
    13 January 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    My vote this week goes to Washington State’s incredibly stupid legislature for another incredibly stupid law.

    • Brad
      14 January 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Yeah, I usually vote for whatever the winner is, but this week I did the cell phone thing because it could seriously impact a huge number of people