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Fault Lines Friday Fail

Apr. 1, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — It’s time for a new feature, the Friday Fault Lines Fail. We’ve done all the work this week, and now you get to have your say.

The Friday Fault Lines Fail is our new weekly reader-selected “prize” to the most monumental failure of the criminal justice system as offered by Fault Lines contributors. Check out our top 5 fails and then pick your fav fail of the week.

  1. The case of Nedra Dodds, a thoroughly unlikable doctor, charged with felony murder because two patients died on an operating table.
  2. Granite Shoals, Texas police decided to joke about ebola-tainted meth on their Facebook page to catch meth users. They’re the only ones laughing.
  3. Iberia Parish, Louisiana police have been beating prisoners in their jail’s chapel because there’s no cameras around to record the beatings.
  4. Medical professionals from Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet are calling for an end to the “War on Drugs.” It’s a shame no one will listen.
  5. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark is recommending Richard Rosario’s murder conviction be set aside, and it only took twenty years and the attention of Dateline to make it happen.

There is only one rule before voting: you can’t vote if you didn’t read the post. Go ahead, we’ll wait. And while it’s not a rule, what we would really appreciate are your comments telling us what made your choice the biggest failure of the week.  Go ahead, tell us and other readers why your fail was worse than all the others.

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Wait! Did we leave out the worst fail of the week?  Let us know. It’s cool.  And if you think there’s something that fails so bad it should be in the next week’s poll, let us know on Twitter at @faultXlines with the hashtag #FridayFail and we’ll check it out.

We look forward to hearing from you. And have fun.

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  • CLS
    1 April 2016 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Beating prisoners in a jail chapel is one thing, but Greg’s expose of the “Bayou Boys” tipped the scales for me on this one.

  • Chris Broekhof
    1 April 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Iberia Parish. Egregious is the only word that comes to mind. They are going out of their way to commit what is a crime by any other standard. Painfully out of their way to do what they know is wrong. Though the Bronx DA was a though one to pass up. For much the same reasons I give him 2nd place.

  • Christopher Best
    1 April 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I’m really torn. I want to vote for the home team (Iberia Parish), but 20 years in prison is a long time…

  • phroggie
    1 April 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    These were all monumental fails, but I’m particularly ashamed of the John Hopkins/Lancet situation. “Our” political system is so screwed up when it takes six forms of ID and a rectal exam just to buy cough medicine, all premised upon the outright lies and racial hatred of one Tricky Dick, some half a century ago.

  • Alice
    1 April 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    20 years in prison includes lazy cops, unethical prosecutors, horrifically ineffective and uncaring defense counsel, and a slavish devotion to finality and judicial economy, all evils characteristic of a failed justice system.

  • David Woycechowsky
    2 April 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

    I usually get the most fired up about stories that involve dishonesty — I think that is the biggest law enforcement / prosecutor problem in general. None of these stories really qualify — I went with the story most others chose. Anyway, fun new feature, Fault Lines Website!

  • Mario Machado
    2 April 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    All the posts do a great job addressing disgraceful conduct on the part of law enforcement. I vote for the article on the Bronx D.A., who must enjoy “putting people in cages.” 20. Friggin’. Years. Never an end to this insanity.

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    2 April 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

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