Mimesis Law
24 March 2017

Fault Lines Friday Fail

February 24, 2017 (Fault Lines) — Welcome one and all to that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and another edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. Our contributors worked tirelessly this week to bring 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 reader-selected weekly “prize” to the biggest criminal justice system failure of the week, as brought to you by our Fault Lines contributing staff. Last week’s “winner” was Omaha County Judge Larry Barrett, who took a plea from a woman too drunk to stand. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. A LA County Sheriff wants DAs to have his list of 300 “problem deputies.” California: “No.”
  2. If you massage a horse in Tennessee, and you aren’t a veterinarian, you might be a criminal.
  3. Brooklyn Central Booking’s lack of sanitation is so bad you could reclassify it as a toilet.
  4. Iowa wants a juvenile murder defendant to pay $150 large before getting parole.
  5. Former criminal justice reform advocates are drafting stronger heroin penalty laws.

As you peruse the week’s lovingly curated selections, keep the First (and only) rule of the Friday Fail in mind: you can’t vote unless you’ve read the post. Go ahead, it’s cool. We’ll still be here when you return. And if you want to leave a comment telling the world why your selection was the biggest failure of them all, it would be greatly appreciated. Go vote! Speak! It’s your time!

What's this week's worst fail?

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Wait, before we go, we’d love to know. Is there something we left out of this week’s installment that deserved inclusion? If so, let us know in the comments. It’s cool. And as always, if you see a criminal justice failure so bad it deserves inclusion 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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  • not an anon
    24 February 2017 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Brooklyn Central Booking, *most certainly*. I suspect a medieval jailer could figure out how to do better than what is described in the case with only the technology of the time…

    • David Meyer Lindenberg
      24 February 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

      Yeah, it was tough to decide between LA County and Brooklyn Central, but I agree.