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Fault Lines Friday Fail

February 17, 2017 (Fault Lines) — Welcome one and all to the most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and another installment of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. The Snow Miser may have certain parts of the country locked in his icy grasp, but the Fault Lines contributing staff continues to bring the heat providing you the best legal insight the web has to offer. Now we step back and let you, our valued readers, have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our reader-selected “prize” to the week’s biggest criminal justice system failure, as brought to you by our Fault Lines Contributors. Last week’s “winner” was Arizona Representative Anthony Kern for attempting legislation that would make you a criminal without possessing proper identification. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. 1. An Omaha judge took a guilty plea from a woman too drunk to stand.
  2. Banks have no problem taking your meager jury duty pay in “processing fees.”
  3. The New Orleans DA either has an obsession with perjury, or doesn’t understand it.
  4. Celibacy is a judge’s new favorite condition for probation.
  5. “Blue Lives Matter” laws might be enacted through Executive Order.

As you peruse the week’s carefully selected failures, keep the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule in mind: you can’t vote unless you read the post. Go ahead, it’s cool. We’ll be here when you get back. And if you’d be so kind as to leave a comment telling us why your chosen failure was bigger than the others, it just might make one of our resident curmudgeons smile. You want to make someone smile, don’t you? Vote!

What was this week's worst fail?

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Hold on! We’re not done yet! Did we leave something out that deserved inclusion in this week’s installment of the Friday Fail? If so, let us know in the comments. We’re adults perfectly capable of critique. And as always, if you see a monumentally bad criminal justice system failure that deserves inclusion in next week’s installment, hit us up 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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  • Ken
    17 February 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    The “Blue Lives Matter” because it will affect more people with greater violence and be the most difficult to reverse.

    • Brad
      18 February 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Yeah, that was my thinking this week.

  • Chris Seaton
    17 February 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Judge Kopf’s tale of the Omaha woman too intoxicated to enter a plea gets my vote.

  • Ken
    18 February 2017 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Yes, that is a bad one.
    But it can be overturned on appeal and the Judge censured for taking the plea. LOL