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Fault Lines Friday Fail

March 3, 2017 (Fault Lines) — Hello everyone, and welcome to that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and the newest edition of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. Our contributors worked tirelessly this week bringing you the best legal analysis the web has to offer. Now, as usual, it’s time for us to step back. This is where you, our valued readers, have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is our reader-selected “prize” to the criminal justice system’s biggest failure of the week, as brought to you by our Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winner” was Brooklyn Center Booking, whose lack of sanitation made it better resemble a sewer system. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. An Indiana inmate is lethally neglected by prison staff.
  2. A Chicago cop so corrupt, his bad behavior regularly makes headlines.
  3. Prosecutors seeking the death penalty complain about the cost of killing someone.
  4. Even elderly women aren’t immune from a good shoving or tasing for failure to comply.
  5. 90 complaints as a cop in Chicago earns you a promotion.

Remember, dear reader, the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule: You can’t vote until you read the post. Go ahead, we’ll wait. It’s all good. And while it’s not required, leaving a comment as to why your fail was bigger than the others would be greatly appreciated. It might also make one of our resident curmudgeons smile. Why wouldn’t you want to make someone smile? Vote!

What was this week's worst fail?

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Hold on! Before you go, we seriously want to know: is there something we left out that should have been included in this week’s installment? If so, let us know in the comments. And as always, if you find a failure so bad it should be in next week’s edition, 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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  • Chris Seaton
    3 March 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Vote this week goes to the wild notion that multiple complaints as a Chicago police officer gets you promotions.
    Lou will probably come in and chime in with the “correlation doesn’t equal causation” argument, but if I got 90 complaints I wouldn’t get a better gig. I’d be a regular Uber driver.

  • David Meyer Lindenberg
    3 March 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Number one all the way.

  • Mario Alfredo Machado
    4 March 2017 at 7:24 am - Reply

    I go with the post on the Indiana inmate. A complete disgrace.

  • David Brower
    5 March 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    All worthy nominees, but hard to deny an actual death that will go unpunished through qualified immunity