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]
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a kangaroo court

A kangaroo court is a court that is created quickly and is not official, and often not fair. All kinds of strange people appeared to testify in the kangaroo court which the newspapers had set up. I've been shot at, beaten up my military police, and sentenced to life imprisonment by a kangaroo court.
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Having said that, win, lose or draw today, Doyle is not my idea of the ideal partner for this horse and I am counting on Kangaroo Court making life easy for his rider.
He's a proper horse" - Emma Lavelle, trainer of Kangaroo Court A very useful and progressive first-season hurdler, he did all that was asked of him on his chasing debut.
Kangaroo Court should prove stiff opposition and, provided Emma Lavelle's gelding takes to the fences on his chasing debut, Seven Is My Number will struggle to concede 7lb.
In sport's kangaroo court, record-setters are considered guilty even after their drug tests prove their innocence.
Henderson's Tanks For That could finish only third behind easy winner Kangaroo Court in the opener over 2m3f, while Eradicate, a 4-6 chance for the 2m novice, was beaten fair and square into second by the Chris Downtrained 20-1 shot Stage Acclaim, who was making up for what may have been a costly fall atWarwick on his previous start.
However, he is also a useful jumps sire thanks to the likes of Emma Lavelle's smart novice hurdler Kangaroo Court.
It's a kangaroo court,'' said Russell Wolpert, attorney for the 99 Cents Only store.
Prior to the Festival Karabak had scored at Cheltenham and Ascot - the latter success, by 14 lengths from Kangaroo Court, persuading JP McManus to add him to his team.
Paul Nicholls' champion chaser is the star attraction on the card, but the horse I am most looking forward to seeing is the Emma Lavelle-trained Kangaroo Court (3.
He has quietly become the de facto judge and jury of the clubhouse's kangaroo court.
EMMA LAVELLE could hardly disguise her admiration and excitement for the untapped potential of Kangaroo Court, whose winning debut over hurdles smacked of a horse with ability to burn.
Kelvin Bygrave, the Essex club's secretary, said: "It was a kangaroo court.
The system for judging parking violations is simply a kangaroo court and in the interest of justice the procedures certainly need changing.
It never crossed my mind that the truth would be so distorted, and this kangaroo court would take place,'' she said.
DR Malcolm Kendall-Smith was convicted at a trial that was no better than a kangaroo court.