miscarriage of justice


: an outcome in a judicial proceeding that is unjust
especially : an error made in a court of law that results in an innocent person being punished or a guilty person being free
His conviction was a miscarriage of justice.

Examples of miscarriage of justice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an era of high-tech forensics, the persistence of such brazen miscarriages of justice is more than unsettling. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2023 But Manor insisted there had been a miscarriage of justice. Natalie Morales, CBS News, 3 Feb. 2024 One of Britain’s biggest miscarriages of justice, the wrongful conviction of hundreds of Post Office workers due to faulty software, has exploded into the public domain following a TV drama, sparking demands for justice. Sachin Ravikumar, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Jan. 2024 The shocking details of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in British history have been reported for years yet somehow stayed below the radar for most of the public, despite intense efforts by campaigners and investigative journalists. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Recommended Amid mounting pressure from the media and lawmakers, the Post Office began to investigate the issue, but in 2015, its boss Ms. Paula Vennells told a parliamentary committee that there had been no evidence of any miscarriage of justice. Sachin Ravikumar, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Jan. 2024 Alarmingly for scientists, misleading forensic and expert evidence is too often a deciding factor in such miscarriages of justice; of the 233 exonerations in 2022 alone recorded by the National Registry of Exonerations, deceptive forensic evidence and expert testimony was a factor in 44 of them. David Robert Grimes, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2023 Clemency is rare in capital cases Glossip, joined by Attorney General Drummond, sought clemency in the hope of preventing a miscarriage of justice like the one Bush cited as a reason to save Lewis’ life. Austin Sarat, The Conversation, 2 May 2023 Filmmaker Amy Berg chronicles this gross miscarriage of justice through interviews with those deeply involved in the case, including family members, witnesses and the West Memphis Three themselves. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miscarriage of justice was in 1800

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“Miscarriage of justice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscarriage%20of%20justice. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

miscarriage of justice

mis·​car·​riage of justice
ˌmis-ˈkar-ij-, ˈmis-ˌkar-
: an error at trial that probably led to a less favorable outcome for the appealing party
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