“Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.” Mark Twain

Golden Lady Justice, Bruges, Belgium

Scott Greenfield has announced the beginnings of “Fault Lines” a collaboration of criminal law experts to write about what really goes on in the criminal justice system. See Scott Greenfield, Meet Fault Lines, And Show It Some Love, Simple Justice (June 1, 2015).

Here is Scott’s description:

Meet Fault Lines, the new criminal law and justice section at Mimesis Law. If you like what you read here (or hate it, we’re not picky about who reads), take a quick trip to Fault Lines, where you will get more pie than ever before.

The good news is that there will be posts from me, as well as Cristian Farias and Tamara Tabo, our inaugural team of writers. Expect more writers as well, the primary criteria being that they be knowledgeable and honest. We hope to have people writing from varying perspectives, challenging bias and each other. We look forward to making this as real as it gets when it comes to criminal justice issues.

The better news is that there will be no moderation of comments, except for spam. So if your comments failed to meet the threshold for thoughtfulness here, there is a soapbox for you at Fault Lines.

If done right, this endeavor could be a very big deal. It could become a super productive hybrid of the highly regarded Volokh Conspiracy and the equally highly regarded Sentencing Law and Policy, but with a different orientation. That is, a blog written by smart, knowledgable and frank people about the criminal law in general while also addressing specific issues that confront those who toil in the mine fields as practitioners. It is likely to appeal to practitioners and judges and even academics, but also to those in the laity who are fascinated by such things.

I urge the two or three people who read Hercules to make Fault Lines a regular read. I hope and trust it will be very much worth your time.


3 responses

  1. Thank you, Judge. We are in the process of adding more writers to reflect a diversity of perspectives on the system, and present a balanced, thoughtful and practical view of criminal law and justice. We hope to be worthy of your recommendation.

  2. I will watch and perhaps read with interest. But IMO lawyers writing about law can be like watching paint dry! No offense.

  3. JA,

    What, you don’t find drying paint fascinating? It is all about us (lawyers) don’t you know!

    All the best.


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