Fault Lines
21 March 2017
  • A Place for the Mentally Ill, Other Than Jail

    by - May 11, 2016
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    May 11, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — The New York Times Room for Debate tackled the longstanding issue of the mentally ill and their strained relationship with the criminal justice system.  Throwing the question to debate to a...
  • Texas’ Child Protective Services Fails . . . Again

    by - May 4, 2016
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    May 4, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Pulitzer Prize-winning Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg wrote a heartbreaking article over the weekend detailing yet another failure of the Texas Child Protective Services.  Controversy and intense criticism are nothing...
  • The Phoenix Freeway Shooter & The Prejudice of Dismissal Without Prejudice

    by - Apr 27, 2016
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    Apr. 27, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — On Monday, a Maricopa County judge signed off on the dismissal of charges against Leslie Allen Merritt, Jr., who had spent months in jail on allegations that he was the...
  • The Catch-22 of Domestic Violence

    by - Apr 13, 2016
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    Apr. 13, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Domestic violence was the focus in The New York Times over the weekend, as they profiled the March 7th murder-suicide of Nadia Saavedra at the hands of her estranged husband,...
  • Connecticut’s Second Chance Solution

    by - Apr 5, 2016
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    Apr. 6, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is a man on a mission to reform his State’s criminal justice system. Under Malloy, Connecticut has decriminalized marijuana possession, repealed mandatory minimum sentences for...
  • (Yet Another) Call for the End of the War on Drugs

    by - Mar 30, 2016
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    Mar. 30, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — The Washington Post published an article on Monday by Rick Noack profiling yet another commission calling for the decriminalization of drugs.  The commission, headed by Johns Hopkins University and The Lancet,...
  • Dissension In The Ranks: Prosecutor Told To Toss Blacks From Jury

    by - Mar 23, 2016
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    Mar. 23, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — An unusual story is unfolding in the small Texas county of Wharton, where allegations are being made against the elected District Attorney, accusing him of “encouraging” an assistant district attorney...
  • Zoe Smith and the Apology That Wasn’t

    by - Mar 16, 2016
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    Mar. 15, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Although the 2016 election and the Donald Trump Effect don’t have a per se effect on the criminal justice system in most instances, it seems to have inspired a deputy...
  • Prosecutors Hate Utah’s New Sentencing Initiative

    by - Mar 8, 2016
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    Mar. 8, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Changes in the sentencing structure in Utah are apparently not sitting well with some prosecutors, according to two articles published over the weekend in Ogden, Utah’s Standard Examiner.  New laws,...
  • The Darren Goforth Murder Case Gets Weird

    by - Mar 1, 2016
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    Mar. 1, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Few cases in recent memory have taken as many bizarre twists as the case of Shannon Miles, who stands accused of the murder of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth...
  • Law, Politics, And Federal Court Vacancies

    by - Feb 23, 2016
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    Feb. 23, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — On Friday, The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Miguel A. Estrada and Benjamin Wittes which took a highly pessimistic view on confirmation procedures for members of the federal...
  • Harris County Drug Lab Exonerations: The Good Spike

    by - Feb 16, 2016
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    Feb. 16, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — In Thursday’s Washington Post, Radley Balko wrote an post focusing on the large number of exonerations in drug cases in Harris County, Texas.  Balko points out that in 2015, Harris County...
  • Robert Rialmo’s Gambit: Chutzpah or Desperation?

    by - Feb 9, 2016
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    Feb. 9, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Over at Simple Justice, Scott Greenfield wrote (with begrudging admiration) of the “chutzpah” of Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo’s lawsuit against the estate of Quintonio LeGrier.  As you may recall,...
  • Planned Parenthood & The Journalistic Agenda Exception

    by - Feb 2, 2016
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    Feb. 2, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — The reaction was mixed last week when a Harris County, Texas Grand Jury declined to indict Planned Parenthood over allegations that they had been caught on video trying to sell...
  • The Fallacy of Search Warrant Analogies

    by - Jan 27, 2016
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    Jan. 27, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — On July 3, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts, Michael Lerouge was shot several times in the back during a shootout with a then-unknown person.  Witnesses described the unknown person as wearing...
  • Planned Parenthood: Law Over Party Politics

    by - Jan 26, 2016
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    Jan. 26, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Let me preface all of this by saying that like most white kids growing up in my part of Texas in the 1970s and 1980s, I was raised Republican. My...
  • The Death Penalty: Not Quite Dead Yet

    by - Jan 19, 2016
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    Jan. 19, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — The New York Times called for the abolition of the death penalty this weekend in an editorial entitled “The Death Penalty Endgame.”  The editorial focuses on the case of Shonda Walter,...
  • Beware The Threat Score

    by - Jan 12, 2016
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    Jan. 12, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — The Washington Post published an article on Sunday by Justin Jouvenal that offered a surprisingly candid view into the nerve center of the Fresno, California Police Department and their new...
  • The Collision Course: Cops And The Mentally Ill

    by - Jan 5, 2016
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    Jan. 5, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — A police officer’s job is a dangerous one. Other than that of a soldier’s, no other job description in the world holds the expectation that the employee face the potential...
  • Juries Agree: Women Are Insane

    by - Dec 22, 2015
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    Dec. 22, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — At Quartz, Olivia Goldhill argues that the Insanity Defense is much more successful in criminal proceedings for women than it is for men.  The article is interesting and well written,...