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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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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40) In the absence of a contemporaneous objection, Massachusetts courts generally review admission of constitutionally objectionable evidence under the substantial risk of a miscarriage of justice standard.
And that there are real reasons - for all those reasons - to think this is a grave miscarriage of justice, which one would hope can be put right.
Like others, this essay suffers from conflating the different standards for miscarriage of justice.
Patrick's brother Martin said: "It's been a massive miscarriage of justice.
Gilroy, 50, wanted to take his miscarriage of justice appeal to the UK Supreme Court.
We believe it undermines human dignity, there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value, and any miscarriage of justice leading to its imposition is irreversible and irreparable.
He argued the decision not to treat Mr George's acquittal as a miscarriage of justice was to go behind the decision of the jury that acquitted him and failed to take account of the fact that no safe conviction could ever be based on the evidence against Mr George.
MISCARRIAGE of justice victim Michael O'Brien has hailed a full inquiry into the evidence that saw him wrongly jailed as "a chance to rectify the wrongs I have suffered".
Justice Secretary Jack Straw refused his application because his conviction was not reversed on the basis of new evidence and it had not been shown there was a miscarriage of justice.
Senior legal and intelligence officials told a Sunday newspaper that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission will conclude that the conviction of al-Megrahi is unsafe, and that he may have been a victim of 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.
A Home Office spokeswoman said: "The measures will ensure that compensation paid by the state following a miscarriage of justice is more proportionate to the level of injustice experienced and more in line with compensation payments made to victims of crime.
It would offer miscarriage of justice victims counselling and advice about life-skills and getting a job.
MIDLAND miscarriage of justice victim Stephen Downing is demanding a whopping pounds 2,400 an hour for press interviews.