miscarriage of justice


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miscarriage of justice

a wrong or mistaken decision, especially one made in a court of law. Sentencing the old man on a charge of murder proved to be a miscarriage of justice. Punishing the student for cheating was a miscarriage of justice. He was innocent.
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miscarriage of justice

An unfair decision, especially one in a court of law. For example, Many felt that his being expelled from the school was a miscarriage of justice. This expression, which uses miscarriage in the sense of "making a blunder," was first recorded in 1875.
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Lord Steyn had said that a miscarriage of justice only occurs when a person has his conviction quashed on the basis that he is "clearly innocent".
If he had not been arrested on that unrelated matter, his DNA would not have been on the database and the murder of Karen Skipper would not have become the second inquiry in Wales to be vindicated after a miscarriage of justice - the fifth in Britain.
Anyone who suffers an alleged miscarriage of justice can receive compensation if they prove their appeal was allowed because of "a new, or newly-discovered fact".
There has indeed been a miscarriage of justice, a shameful miscarriage of justice perpetrated against the victims of William Bonin - not against Bonin.
An innocent man who was jailed for 11 years has said he is not the real victim of the miscarriage of justice.
It will examine to what extent an error in the trial process necessarily leads to a miscarriage of justice, said a Home Office spokesman.
Mr Blair said: ``It's a miscarriage of justice when police see their hard work and bravery thrown away by the courts.
TWO top cops who were at the centre of a miscarriage of justice case have been charged.
LUKE Mitchell did not suffer a miscarriage of justice as there was plenty of evidence he killed teenage girlfriend Jodi Jones, appeal judges were told yesterday.
Murderers who let innocent people go to prison for their crimes should get longer sentences, says an author whose work helped find the real killer in a notorious miscarriage of justice.
CONVICTED murderer Michael Stone has warned that anybody could become a victim of a miscarriage of justice, his sister said.
Appeal judges rejected Alexander Reid's claim that it was a miscarriage of justice when he was sent to the State Hospital at Carstairs 40 years ago.
A TOP-secret document could give Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi's lawyers iron-clad proof he is the subject of a miscarriage of justice.
The miscarriage of justice in the original Lynette White murder trial was one of the worst in South Wales history.