throw the book at someone

throw the book at someone

tv. [for the police] to charge someone with everything possible; [for a judge] to find someone guilty of everything possible. (As if one were being charged with violating all the laws in a law book.) The judge wanted to throw the book at Joel Cairo, but the prosecutor convinced him to go easy in hope that Cairo would lead them to Mr. Gutman.
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In fact the only difference will be that the PSNI will no longer be obliged to throw the book at someone who has a gram of dope in their pocket.
A judge can't throw the book at someone when the book is wrong.
But in an era when Old Firm managers can go psychotic on the touchlines and go unpunished, it would be strange to throw the book at someone for sending a video through the post.