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miscarriage of justice

A wrong, unjust decision in a court of law. Newly discovered DNA evidence reveals that there had been a miscarriage of justice in the trial's original outcome 30 years before. Given the close political and financial ties between the defendants and various politicians, many believe their acquittal to be a 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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He added: "Due to the appellant's age, the punishment selected was excessive and amounts to a miscarriage of justice."
In 2007, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission confirmed Megrahi "may have suffered a miscarriage of justice" in relation to his conviction and identified six grounds for referring the case to the High Court.
Justice Mohtarudin chairing the panel said it was the court's view that Shahrul Anuar's appeal had merits as the court (Court of Appeal) found that the magistrate had committed serious misdirection of law that tantamount to a miscarriage of justice.
There may have been the odd case of a miscarriage of justice, but did that mean abolishing capital punishment?
In 2009, he lost an appeal against his conviction and last May an application to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice was thrown out.
"For the first time, we are introducing a statutory definition of what constitutes a miscarriage of justice.
Ahmedabad, Dec.26, ( ANI ): Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on Thursday said there has been a miscarriage of justice in the case of Zakia Jafri, whose plea against Special Investigation Team closure report in 2002 Gujarat riots was dismissed by a district court.
Compensation is only paid for wrongful convictions if a newly discovered piece of evidence can show beyond reasonable doubt that there was a miscarriage of justice.
Mr Hallam's QC Henry Blaxland told the judges a miscarriage of justice was brought about by factors including failure to properly investigate Hallam's alibi.
Is it not also a miscarriage of justice to ignore the harms caused by the failures of the system and to compound those harms by an unwillingness to recognize and remedy its mistakes?
(5) Where defense counsel has failed to object to the introduction of drug certificates at trial, Massachusetts courts will order a new trial only if the admission of the certificates created a substantial risk of a miscarriage of justice. (6) This state of affairs resurrects a debate that ran through the Massachusetts courts a decade ago regarding appellate review of unpreserved objections and the meaning of a "miscarriage of justice." (7)
Mr Adams' solicitor Daniel Machover, of London law firm Hickman and Rose, said: "The long fight for justice for Andrew Adams reaches the Supreme Court, when his legal team will try to persuade nine justices that it was unlawful of the Justice Secretary to refuse in January 2008 to award Andrew statutory compensation as a victim of a miscarriage of justice."
A MISCARRIAGE of justice is to be reinvestigated 22 years after three men were wrongfully jailed for murder.
He said: "I am naturally very pleased indeed for the victims of what was and is a miscarriage of justice."
A High Court judge yesterday lifted gagging orders in the case of a couple who say three of their children have been taken away from them because of a miscarriage of justice.