miscarriage of justice

Main Entry:  miscarriage of justice
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the failure of a judicial system or court in the administration of justice, esp. when an innocent person is convicted of a crime
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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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