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First Fault Lines Friday Fail of 2017

January 6, 2017 (Fault Lines) — Welcome to a new year, and the most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend. It’s time for the first Fault Lines Friday Fail of 2017. Temperatures may plummet, but the Fault Lines contributors were on fire this week, bringing you the best legal analysis the web has to offer. Now it’s time for you, our valued readers, to have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our reader selected “prize” to the week’s most monumental failure of the criminal justice system, as brought to you by Fault Lines’ hard working contributors. During our last installment, you demanded the Final Fail of 2016 be awarded to the Harrisville, NY school system for sanctioning student “cavity searches.” Check out the top 5 selections of our first week back and pick your favorite.

  1. Maricopa County corrections officers beat a mentally ill veteran to death.
  2. Houston’s trying hard to make sure you don’t see homeless people on Super Sunday.
  3. Chicago cops can’t solve crimes because you won’t mindlessly worship them.
  4. A North Carolina SRO is on paid vacation after suplexing a teenage girl.
  5. Your nifty Amazon Toy is now subject to search in criminal investigations.

As you check out the first selections of the year, keep in mind the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule: you can’t vote unless you’ve read the post. Go ahead, it’s cool. We’ll be here when you return. And while it’s not mandatory, it’d be appreciated if you left a comment telling us why your pick was the biggest fail. Go ahead, start the new year off right! Vote!

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Wait! Before you go, we seriously want to know: is there something left out this week that deserved inclusion in the Friday Fail? If so, let us know in the comments. And as always, if you see a failure so bad during the week it should be in next week’s 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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  • CLS
    6 January 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Tough call to start the new year, but I cast my vote for the Rolesville SRO who thinks he belongs in the WWE. No kid deserves that treatment.

  • SCG
    6 January 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    It really says something when I expect idiotic displays of testosterone poisoned violence from the police.

    I voted for the killing of the mentally ill man.

    • CLS
      6 January 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Like I said, this was a tough call. First instinct normally for me would have been Arpaio’s screws as well. That’s why we leave this up to readers.