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Welcome to Fault Lines: Monitoring America’s Criminal Justice System

June 1, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome to Fault Lines, an experiment in criminal justice thought and writing.  There are usually good arguments to be had on either side of critical issues, but writing often fails to reflect them.  We hope to fix that.  The core purpose is to illuminate issues in and around the law in a way that is comprehensible to all.

This is a big challenge, and whether we will meet it remains to be seen.  There will be writings here reflecting various perspectives on criminal law and justice, sometimes in direct conflict. There is a good chance you will find one side more persuasive, or at least more agreeable, than the other, but the intention is to give you pause to think even if you ultimately do not agree.

The key to achieving this is to present honest, rational thought, well-supported by law and/or logic, and reflecting information that adds to knowledge rather than muddies it.  We will be politically incorrect at times, as legal system doesn’t always offer inputs and outcomes that suit everyone’s personal tastes.  Consider this an overarching trigger warning. We will evoke unpleasant feelings from time to time.  If that’s more than you can take, you may prefer to go elsewhere for information and commentary.

Will we achieve our lofty goal?  We hope so, and we will try desperately to do so, but there is a fairly good chance we will fall short from time to time.  This too is part of trying to be honest about what we’re doing.  It’s not easy to always be right, but it is easy to always tell the truth.

Why this?  Why now? Criminal law issues have always been interesting to people, but have now risen to a potential tipping point. Whether due to the ubiquitous use of video to see what really happens on the street, the recent string of black men, women and children dead at the hands of police, prosecutorial misconduct by systemic concealment of evidence, or failure to fund and support indigent defense, we are inundated with huge issues and dubious reactions that promote ideology at the expense of intelligence.
Through Fault Lines, we hope to use our knowledge and experience as lawyers to weed through the shallow, insipid commentary to provide informed discussion and analysis.  We do this because Black Lives Matter. Cops’ Lives Matter. All lives matters, including yours.


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  • Meet Fault Lines, And Show It Some Love | Simple Justice
    1 June 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

    […] that “vertical” that caused some consternation?  Well, it’s alive! Meet Fault Lines, the new criminal law and justice section at Mimesis Law.  If you like what you read here (or hate […]

  • DDJ
    1 June 2015 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Live long and prosper.

  • Cornflake S. Pecially
    1 June 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Speaking of fault lines, did you know that in Italy in 2013
    seven earthquake scientists and engineers were sentenced to 6 years in prison for their “superficial, approximate and generic” predictions and that they were willing participants in a “media operation” to reassure the public.

    Best of luck and success to you guys at Fault Lines.

    Here’s hoping you won’t all be arrested and charged with obstructing justice or disorderly conduct in your pursuits to quantify fault along the fault lines of the tipping points for the americian criminal justice system.

    P.S. Will there be jokes with the word fault and/or line in them?

    Why is it withheld discovery information never infuriates a judge?

    Because prosecutors are never at fault.

    What’s a prosecutors favorite line when soliciting a date with a CDL?

    I know a bar where they don’t overcharge the clients.

  • Thomas R. Griffith
    1 June 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the ‘Blawgosphere’ Fault Lines.

    Happy Birthday to you.

  • Village Idiot
    1 June 2015 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Awesome. I think I’m gonna like this place.

  • Wrongway
    2 June 2015 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Oh Great!! More interesting crap to read on a daily basis..

    I’ll never get anything done..

  • Objectivie Mind
    2 June 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Great. Just what the public needs. More anti-law enforcement drivel from disgruntled attorneys who have devoted their lives to keeping murderers, rapists and child molesters on the streets. Quite enlightening, indeed. Stick to your day job, Greenfield.

    • Offensive body
      2 June 2015 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Great. Just what the public needs. More anti-law enforcement drivel from disgruntled attorneys who have devoted their lives to keeping murderers, rapists and child molesters on the streetsForcing law enforcement to obey the law. Quite enlightening, indeed. Stick to your day job, Greenfield.

  • marty d
    2 June 2015 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Best wishes. Maybe free tin foil for the o boy. Stocking up on popcorn while I read.

  • Fault Lines: The First Three Days | Simple Justice
    3 June 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply