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Fault Lines Friday Fail

March 17, 2017 (Fault Lines) — Welcome one and all to that most wonderful time of the week, the (almost) weekend, and the latest installment of the Fault Lines Friday Fail. You’ve made it past the Ides of March, and are probably checking your illegal NCAA tournament bracket. Our contributors, on the other hand, worked tirelessly this week to provide you with the best legal analysis the web has to offer. Now we step back and let you, our valued readers, have your say.

The Fault Lines Friday Fail is a reader-selected “prize” given to the week’s biggest criminal justice system failure, as presented by the Fault Lines contributors. Last week’s “winner” was the TSA, the “security” agency that can sexually assault you for your protection. Check out this week’s top 5 fails and pick your favorite.

  1. Colorado Corrections Officers torture incarcerated juveniles.
  2. When cops resoundingly proclaim a bad shoot, and a court disagrees, something’s wrong.
  3. Don’t be surprised when you’re arrested for participating in the office March Madness pool.
  4. Oklahoma DAs want tougher drug sentences, despite the will of the people.
  5. A cop’s definition of “mentoring” a young girl involved repeated molestation.

Remember, dear reader, the First (and only) Friday Fail Rule as you make your selection: you can’t vote unless you’ve read the post. Go ahead, we’ll wait for your return. And while it’s not required, if you’d leave a comment as to why your selection was the biggest failure of them all, it would be greatly appreciated. It’s your time! Go vote!

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Hold on! Before you go binge-watch Iron Fist, we seriously want to know: is there something we left out of this week’s installment? If so, let us know in the comments. And as always, if you see something in the criminal justice system so monumentally bad it deserves a spot in the next Friday Fail, 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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  • Chris Seaton
    17 March 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Vote this week goes to the split between PoliceOne and the Courts. When cops are saying the courts made a mistake I call that a San Andreas Fault Line* injustice.

    *With apologies to Jeff Gamso, who should really come back and write for us.

  • Paul
    17 March 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I am reacting to the shooting itself. I think the action of the courts needs to be clarified. Both courts involved were Federal, so my guess is that the suit or criminal action fell under 1983/84 violation of civil rights. Within that narrow window, there is not a whole lot for the Federal Court to work with. This might have fit better as a Tort action is State court under a theory of gross negligence, failure to train, negligent entrustment and depending on his record negligent retention.

    I never thought fat and stupid would be a viable defense. Guess I was wrong.

  • Brian Cowles
    17 March 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve got to disagree this time with the general wisdom – the Oklahoma bit with elected officials ignoring the will of the people produces far more chilling consequences to my mind.

  • JAV
    17 March 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Going with Colorado Division of Youth Corrections. Main reason is, with apologies to Mr. Seaton’s rules, I had to quit the article in disgust when the COs would clean up the kids after beating them up.

    It’s a first for me as an avid Fault Lines reader.