Fault Lines
15 January 2019
  • Latest “Upskirt” Outrage = Prosecutor Screw Up (Again)

    by - Jul 28, 2016
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    July 28,2016 (Fault Lines) — “Loophole” is a word that drives criminal defense attorneys up the wall, along with “technicality.” Thanks to Nancy Grace and her imitators, pretty much any time a defense attorney wins on any...
  • Poor, Poor Jenny; What To Do, What To Do?

    by - Jul 25, 2016
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    July 25, 2016 (Fault Lines) — The confinement of rape victim “Jenny” after her breakdown on the stand was the subject of a post here and one by Admiral Greenfield at Simple Justice. The Harris County District...
  • Prosecutor Plays Pokemon Go With Rape Victim “Jenny”

    by - Jul 21, 2016
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    July 21, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Subpoenas are wonderful things. “The law is entitled to every man’s evidence,” the saying goes, and the way to enforce that entitlement is through the subpoena power. From the Latin...
  • Debate: Killing Cops Cannot Be The Answer

    by - Jul 18, 2016
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    July 18, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Ed. Note: In light of the police killings in Dallas and now Baton Rouge, Noel Erinjeri and Chris Seaton were charged to debate the question, “Is violence against police  inevitable,...
  • Nancy Grace: Ding Dong, The Witch Is Gone

    by - Jul 13, 2016
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    July 14, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Twain. Lippman. Cronkite. Throughout our history, there are those who firmly establish themselves in the firmament of punditry because of their acuity and eloquence. The people to whom, when they...
  • Fractally Stupid—The Bryton Mellot Story

    by - Jul 11, 2016
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    July 11, 2016 (Fault Lines)–The arrest of Bryton Mellot, the guy in Illinois who was arrested after posting a picture of himself burning an American flag on Facebook is interesting in that the situation was fractally...
  • The Pennsylvania Senate Does Something Right

    by - Jul 7, 2016
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    July 7, 2016 (Fault Lines) — In the wake of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the Pennsylvania Senate made a series of amendments to the laws governing child sex abuse. One...
  • The Michelle Carter Case: Sometimes Judges Make Law

    by - Jul 5, 2016
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    July 5, 2016 (Fault Lines) — The Massachusetts Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the prosecution of Michelle Carter for involuntary manslaughter to go forward. Her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, committed suicide after Carter had urged him...
  • Hammers, Nails & Traffic Laws

    by - Jun 30, 2016
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    June 30, 2016 (Fault Lines) — Judge Gia Morris of the Queens County Criminal Court struck down a “failure to yield” ordinance that imposed criminal penalties on drivers who hit pedestrians or bicyclists. The ordinance, Section...
  • Cops Right To Lie Through Their Teeth

    by - Jun 27, 2016
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    June 27, 2016 (Fault Lines) — In November, 2009, Dajuan Hodges-Lamar was sitting in a car at a gas station in Detroit when he was approached by three police officers, Nevin Hughes, Sean Harris, and William...
  • Hammers, Nails & Heroin

    by - Jun 23, 2016
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    June 23, 2016 (Fault Lines) — How to deal with a problem? I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail. –Abraham Maslow,...
  • Gun Control & The “No Buy List”: What Are We Getting Into?

    by - Jun 20, 2016
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    June 20, 2016 (Fault Lines) — In the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, we’ve been inundated by the usual calls to DO SOMETHING in order to prevent the tragedy that has just occurred. One of...
  • Miranda At 50

    by - Jun 16, 2016
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    June 17, 2016 (Fault Lines) — This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Miranda v. Arizona, which gave rise to the eponymous and supposedly ubiquitous warning that most people can recite...
  • Disclosing Witnesses, Hiding The Ball

    by - Jun 13, 2016
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    June 13, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Freedom of the press is a wonderful thing. The downside is that the press is free to get stuff wrong. Which they do, a depressing amount the time. Take this...
  • Officer Kyle Baars, Mercy for Me, Justice for Thee

    by - Jun 9, 2016
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    June 9, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Kyle Baars, a former officer of the Kenosha, WI Police Department, was recently sentenced to a year of probation for planting evidence in a murder case. He also received a...
  • Linda, Wherever You Are

    by - Jun 6, 2016
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    June 6, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — “The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.” The grinding part, anyway, is true. This case was pretty unremarkable, but it’s burned into my memory. “Linda” had had...
  • Justice(s) For Sale: How Two Billionaires Beat Ed Sheehy

    by - Jun 2, 2016
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    June 2, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — When Judge Jane Kelley’s name was being floated as a possible nominee for the Supreme Court, critics called her out for the heinous crime of being a defense attorney and...
  • Consistency and the Speedy Sentence

    by - May 25, 2016
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    May 25, 2016 (Mimesis Law)—Consistency is not really a lawyerly virtue. We’re taught in law school that the answer to the question is not nearly as important as the analysis of the question. The reason for...
  • The Best Candidate (Except For All The Others)

    by - May 23, 2016
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    May 23, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Florida has a strange quirk in its election laws. It’s a closed primary state, so one has to be registered as a Republican or Democrat to vote in those respective...
  • Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems (But Not In Nebraska)

    by - May 19, 2016
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    May 19, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Erik Felsheim of Minnesota was recently acquitted of two felonies in Nebraska: On Oct. 24, 2014, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Erik J. Felsheim for following too closely on...