Fault Lines
12 December 2018
  • New Jersey Abandons Money Bail

    by - Jan 5, 2017
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    January 5, 2017 (Fault Lines) — New Jersey has a bit of a reputation problem. This should surprise no one, given that best known residents of the Garden State are Tony Soprano, Chris Christie, and the...
  • The Tennessee Waltz: Avoiding Constitutional Entanglements

    by - Jan 2, 2017
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    January 2, 2017 (Fault Lines) — The Tennessee Supreme Court recently vacated the conviction of a defendant who was accused of stalking her baby daddy. Nicole Flowers was charged with violating TCA 39-17-15, which forbids (among...
  • Be Civil Or We’ll Kill You

    by - Dec 22, 2016
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    December 22, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Some people are assholes. Like this guy: David Sanguesa, was captured on video angrily yelling “Trump!” and “I voted for Trump!” at a barista...
  • Debate: Kim Foxx, A Good Thing, Even If A Bit Too Much Of It

    by - Dec 19, 2016
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    December 19, 2016 (Fault Lines) –  Ed. Note: The question was raised whether Kim Foxx, the new Cook County, Illinois, State’s Attorney, who defeated Anita Alvarez, would do any better. Foxx announced some changes to her office’s...
  • Implicit Bias In Florida Sentencing

    by - Dec 15, 2016
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    December 15, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Judge Mark Bennett has written a number of posts about implicit bias in sentencing. A recent article (part of a larger series) in the Sarasota Herald Tribune took a comprehensive...
  • But For Video: Detroit Cop Killer Edition

    by - Dec 12, 2016
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    December 12, 2016 (Fault Lines) — A Wayne State University police officer was killed in the line of duty on November 22nd. Sergeant Colin Rose was shot in the head in the early evening and died...
  • Kim Foxx: Prosecutorial Reform

    by - Dec 8, 2016
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    December 8, 2016 (Fault Lines) — After defeating Anita Alvarez in the Democratic primary and the formality of the general election, Kim Foxx took over as Cook County State’s Attorney last week. Following through on some...
  • Breaking News: Treating People Decently Leads To Better Results

    by - Dec 5, 2016
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    December 5, 2016 (Fault Lines) — When charged with a crime, usually the first thing a defendant is concerned with is making bail. Being prosecuted sucks pretty much regardless of circumstances, but it’s far more tolerable...
  • How To Tell If The Article You’re Reading About Criminal Defense Attorneys Is Any Good

    by - Dec 1, 2016
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    December 1, 2016 (Fault Lines) — The Times of San Diego recently published an op-ed entitled “Five Ways to Know Whether a Criminal Defense Attorney Is Any Good.” The author, Stephen Cooper, has some credibility, as...
  • Epic Fails: Noel Edition

    by - Nov 28, 2016
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    Nov. 28, 2016 (Fault Lines) — There aren’t many tangible benefits to being a public defender. Generally, you’re overworked, underpaid, and get less respect than Rodney Dangerfield. On the plus side, the work is usually interesting:...
  • Free Attorneys for Crime Victims…To Do What?

    by - Nov 21, 2016
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    November 21, 2016 (Fault Lines) — In Illinois, a victims’ rights advocate named Denise Rotheimer is pushing a for a new “right” to be added to the list: crime victims should get lawyers at public expense. Her...
  • Prosecutors Can’t Rewrite The Law…For Now

    by - Nov 17, 2016
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    November 17, 2016 (Fault Lines) — A few months ago, I posted about a case in St. Louis, where the prosecutor was zealously guarding hiding the privacy contact information of witnesses, in order to protect them from...
  • The Dani Mathers Case: Body Shaming v. Invasion Of Privacy

    by - Nov 14, 2016
    (Comments: 3)
    November 14, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Back in July, Dani Mathers, Playboy’s Playmate of the Year for 2015, did a bad thing. She took a picture of an elderly woman in a gym shower and released...
  • Some Election Silver Linings For Criminal Justice Reform

    by - Nov 10, 2016
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    November 10, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Despair is a sin. So, for those of us not happy with the results of the presidential election, we should look for at least a few bright spots from Tuesday....
  • How The Statistics Get It Wrong On Indigent Defense

    by - Nov 7, 2016
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    November 7, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Calling indigent defense a disgrace is like saying that the Detroit Lions have occasionally disappointed their fans, or that the 2016 presidential election has at times been a bit contentious....
  • Louisiana Now 0 For 2 On Blue Lives Matter Prosecutions

    by - Nov 3, 2016
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    November 3, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Back in May, Louisiana enacted the so-called “Blue Lives Matter” bill, which amended the Pelican State’s hate crime statute that enhanced the penalties of certain crimes if the victim was...
  • The Ammon Bundy Trial: This Is Why We Have Juries

    by - Oct 31, 2016
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    October 31, 2016 (Fault Lines) — OJ Simpson. Casey Anthony. George Zimmerman. Juries, and jurors, tend to get a bad rap anytime they issue a two word verdict that the public doesn’t agree with. Mostly this is...
  • Joe Arpaio: Timing Is Everything

    by - Oct 27, 2016
    (Comments: 9)
    October 27, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Joe Arpaio is a bad dude. Between his mistreatment of the prisoners in his jail, his birther insanity, and his “papers please” immigration enforcement efforts; this guy is a disgrace...
  • Logic Games And Poor People

    by - Oct 23, 2016
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    October 24, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Stripped to its most basic essentials, the practice of law comes down to an exercise in logic, usually in the form of Facts=>Law=>Result. For example: The defendant did X. The...
  • Debate: The Crowd Shouldn’t Vote On The Umpire

    by - Oct 19, 2016
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    October 20, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Ed. Note: In light of the attack ads against a candidate for the Montana Supreme Court candidate, we have charged Noel Erinjeri and Chris Seaton to debate the question: Given the attack on Montana...