miscarriage of justice


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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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But since being on the outside he has been fighting the Ministry of Justice's decision which said he was not entitled to compensation because he cannot show his conviction was overturned because of "new or newly discovered" facts or that he is, beyond reasonable doubt, the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
However, having considered that there was in these cases a breakdown in the due administration of justice and a failure to ensure a fair trial, we consider that the consequence was a miscarriage of justice, which must be deeply regretted.''
His support has given the campaign the energy to continue, someone so highly respected in the legal profession has publicly declared this a miscarriage of justice."
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "While the report shows that there were six grounds where a miscarriage of justice may have occurred, it also rejected 45 of 48 grounds submitted by Megrahi.
Earle will now hope there are parallels in his case with Sean Hodgson's miscarriage of justice.
Despite not being convicted, Philip Skipper stood trial for a brutal crime that he did not commit, endured an unjustified whispering campaign against him and went to his grave without knowing who really killed his estranged wife - that is a miscarriage of justice.
Grommek's false evidence led to five men being charged with murder in a "gross miscarriage of justice", Cardiff Crown Court was told yesterday.
TAXPAYERS will foot a pounds 1m compensation bill for the miscarriage of justice that led to a man being wrongfully executed 53 years ago.
Lawyers acting for civil rights expert Prof David Lowry fear a serious miscarriage of justice if he is convicted when the result of his trial in Lisbon is announced in March.
A MAN convicted of killing his neighbour has been cleared after an appeal court declared it was a "miscarriage of justice".
CONVICTING the accused in the agony aunt murder trial would be a "tragic miscarriage of justice," a jury heard yesterday.
He is determined to prove he was a victim of miscarriage of justice and hopes for a cash pay out of more than pounds 1m.
Other similar awards in miscarriage of justice cases could be affected if they win their application for judicial review.
Her family said in a statement that she "never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice".
The Ospreys star's appeal will be heard on Tuesday and former Welsh skipper Gwyn Jones says his punishment is a 'miscarriage of justice', while ex-England star Stuart Barnes dubbed his treatment 'atrocious'.