kangaroo court


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kangaroo court

An unofficial court or a court that disregards current laws and conducts unfair trials. People who live under oppressive regimes are often treated harshly by corrupt kangaroo courts that don't abide by the law.
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kangaroo court

a bogus or illegal court. Is this a staff meeting or a kangaroo court? You have turned this interview into a kangaroo court.
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kangaroo court

A self-appointed tribunal that violates established legal procedure; also, a dishonest or incompetent court of law. For example, The rebels set up a kangaroo court and condemned the prisoners to summary execution, or That judge runs a kangaroo court-he tells rape victims they should have been more careful . This expression is thought to liken the jumping ability of kangaroos to a court that jumps to conclusions on an invalid basis. [Mid-1800s]
See also: court, kangaroo
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Having established, with some specificity, the nature of the complaints a litigant may be attempting to make by calling a tribunal a kangaroo court, I turn to the heart of this article, which is a compendium of colorful charges of kangaroo-ism.
Woman and Child Welfare Minister Shashi Panja, agreed to the fact that it is critical for the police to ensure justice is done or else gang rapes ordered by kangaroo courts will become a norm in the state.
According to sources, the Maoists nabbed the six persons and held a kangaroo court in the nearby jungles on March 13 where the rebels brutally beat them to death.
They set up a kangaroo court and convicted him - without a word being said about how the US and UK supplied Saddam with weapons and money throughout the 1990s.
The one thing Liverpool seems to be championing is not the cause of the disabled, but a return to the era of the kangaroo court
But when you're the wards of Major League Baseball's kangaroo court, you have little recourse but to shut your mouth, pack a month's worth of underwear and, oh, while you're at it, try to stay in contention for a playoff berth.
Plus, he can go anywhere around the world, nab any citizen of a foreign country, and drag that person into his kangaroo court, which he can hold "outside or within the United States.
What about the death threats to the old soldiers who will now be dragged before this kangaroo court.
Not only have they blatantly discriminated against a highly qualified professor, but they have compounded the problem by dragging her through a seven- year grievance procedure which was nothing more than a kangaroo court.
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Ms Cahill, 33, has claimed she was raped by an IRA figure and later interrogated by a kangaroo court where she was forced to confront her alleged attacker.
The head Maoist outfit, Gopal, said that the Kangaroo court awarded punishment to the five youth.
The point-to-point in which he finished second in Ireland in March was won by Kangaroo Court, who looked above average when hacking up at Doncaster recently.
Needless to say we were banned from defending ourselves or even attending as they bounced into their wee kangaroo court.
While it may look to some people like a long drawn-out investigation, that's far better than a half-baked kangaroo court when someone is found guilty or innocent without full evidence being considered.