Judicial murder

Judicial murder is the unjustified use of capital punishment. The Oxford English Dictionary describes it as "death inflicted by process of law, capital punishment, esp. considered to be unjust or cruel".[1]

An early use of the term occurs in Northleigh's Natural Allegiance of 1688; "He would willingly make this Proceeding against the Knight but a sort of Judicial Murder".[2]

In 1777 Voltaire used the comparable term of assassins juridiques ("judicial murderers").

The term was used in German (Justizmord) in 1782 by August Ludwig von Schlözer in reference to the execution of Anna Göldi. In a footnote, he explains the term as

"the murder of an innocent, deliberately, and with all the pomp of holy Justice, perpetrated by people installed to prevent murder, or, if a murder has occurred, to see to it that it is punished appropriately."[3]

In 1932, the term is also used by Justice Sutherland in Powell v. Alabama when establishing the right to a court-appointed attorney in all capital cases:

Let us suppose the extreme case of a prisoner charged with a capital offense who is deaf and dumb, illiterate and feeble minded, unable to employ counsel, with the whole power of the state arrayed against him, prosecuted by counsel for the state without assignment of counsel for his defense, tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Such a result … if carried into execution, would be little short of judicial murder.

Hermann Mostar (1956) defends the extension of the term to un-premeditated miscarriages of justice where an innocent suffers the death penalty.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Judicial murder at OED; retrieved 18 July 2018
  2. ^ J Northleigh, Natural allegiance, and a national protection, truly stated, being a full answer to Dr. G. Burnett's vindication of himself. vi. p37 (1688); quoted in OED
  3. ^ „Ermordung eines Unschuldigen, vorsätzlich, und so gar mit allem Pompe der heil. Justiz, verübt von Leuten, die gesetzt sind, daß sie verhüten sollen, daß ein Mord geschehe, oder falls er geschehen, doch gehörig gestraft werde.“ (von Schlözer, p. 273)
  4. ^ Hermann Mostar. Unschuldig verurteilt! Aus der Chronik der Justizmorde. Herbig-Verlag, Munich (1956)
  • August Ludwig von Schlözer: Abermaliger JustizMord in der Schweiz In: Stats-Anzeigen. Band 2. Göttingen, 1782. S. 273–277.
  • Julius Mühlfeld. Justizmorde. Nach amtlichen Quellen bearbeitete Auswahl 2. Auflage, Berlin (1880) OCLC 70475784
  • Bernt Ture von zur Mühlen. Napoleons Justizmord am deutschen Buchhändler Johann Philipp Palm. Frankfurt am Main: Braman Verlag (2003) ISBN 9783934054165

External links

  • Letter by Voltaire to Frederick II, April 1777
Breaker Morant

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While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes – one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal.

He was accused of the summary execution of Floris Visser, a wounded prisoner of war and the slaying of four Afrikaners and four Dutch schoolteachers who had been taken prisoner at the Elim Hospital. Morant was found guilty and sentenced to death.

Lieutenants Morant and Peter Handcock were then court-martialed for the murder of the Rev. Carl August Daniel Heese, a South African-born Minister of the Berlin Missionary Society. Rev. Heese had spiritually counseled the Dutch and Afrikaner victims at Elim Hospital, indignantly vowed to inform Morant's commanding officer, and had been shot to death the same afternoon. Morant and Handcock were acquitted of the Heese murder, but their sentences for murdering Floris Visser and the eight victims at Elim Hospital were implemented by a firing squad from the Cameron Highlanders on 27 February 1902.

Morant and Handcock have become folk heroes in modern Australia. Their court-martial and death have been the subject of books, a stage play, and an award-winning Australian New Wave movie by director Bruce Beresford.

Upon its release during 1980, Beresford's movie both brought Morant's life story to a worldwide audience and "hoisted the images of the accused officers to the level of Australian icons and martyrs." Many Australians now regard Morant and Handcock as scapegoats or even as the victims of judicial murder. Attempts continue, with wide public support, to obtain a posthumous pardon or even a new trial.

According to South African historian Charles Leach, "In the opinion of many South Africans, particularly descendants of victims as well as other involved persons in the far Northern Transvaal, justice was only partially achieved by the trial and the resultant sentences. The feeling still prevails that not all the guilty parties were dealt with – the notorious Captain Taylor being the most obvious one of all."

Danton (1983 film)

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The film stars Gérard Depardieu in the title role, with Wojciech Pszoniak as Maximilien Robespierre, and Patrice Chéreau as Camille Desmoulins. It was directed by the Polish director Andrzej Wajda and was an international co-production between companies in France, Poland and West Germany. All supporters of Danton (with the exception of Bourdon, who would later betray him) are played by French actors, while Robespierre's allies are played by Poles.

Not always rigidly historical, the film draws continual parallels between the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution and the situation in contemporary Poland, in which the Solidarity movement was struggling against the oppression of the Soviet-backed Polish government. The film had 1,392,779 admissions in France.

Earp Vendetta Ride

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Behan formed a Cochise County sheriff's posse consisting of deputies Phineas Clanton, Johnny Ringo, and about twenty other Cowboys and Arizona ranchers. Based on the local warrants, they followed the Earp posse and set out to arrest them. The large sheriff's posse came close to, but never engaged, the much smaller Earp posse, which received help from local businessmen and ranchers (and at one point, published a letter in a Tombstone newspaper taunting Behan and his men). The federal posse ultimately killed four men, starting with Stilwell and ending with Brocius. About April 15 the Earps and some of their associates rode out of Arizona Territory, headed for New Mexico Territory.

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Hans Waldmann (mayor)

Hans Waldmann

(1435 – 6 April 1489) was mayor of Zurich and a Swiss military leader. The son of a peasant in Zug, he married well and became Squire of Dubelstein.

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Mandarh is a branch of yousaf zai tribe, fristly the mandarh sub tribe settled here, and the village was named after them, Mandarhi or Mandani.

But some old people of the area say that before the irrigation system, this place was barren and the farmers of this village would get an yield of Darhai( 5 kg) while sowing a Mound( 50 kg) so this village was called MANDARHI and later on MANDANI.

Early settlers and Demography: In the beginning a few tribes of Yousafzai,s and Mohmands were arrived and started developing the arid non agricultural land. The most notable early settler was a yousafzai tribesman "Sirbuland Khan" who arrived in this area with Saidu Baba (Saidu Sharif Swat) for preaching of Islam. Sirbuland Khan start residing in Mandani. He was a religious scholar and saint. He had two notable grand sons "Molana Fazal-i-Ahmad and "Fazl-i-Ahad" who were known as Molvi of Mandani. Where as Fazl-i-Ahad played a pivotal role in independence movement of 1857, khilafat movement and the Mazdoor kisan movement. In British regime he spent 3 years rigorous imprisonment.

Utmankhel is the most abounded, socially activated and most educated people of mandani. Mr. Aslam Khan is an ex-AEO. One of them.

Mavlavi of Mandani was highly regarded due his social reforms, educational services and justice based leadership during the early stages of settlement.

Later on, different tribes came here from adjoining areas of tribal agencies. Population was increased due to the fertile land and strategic location. The main bazaar, located in the center of adjutant population, is unique with a rectangular shape. While standing on the roundabout, the road to your west leads to the village of Tangi, Charsadda via Umerzai in the south, the ancient Takht bhai in east and Harichand in north. The main rout joins Peshawar to the northern part of KPK in shortest possible way.

Economy and occupation of the early dwellers: The town is known for agricultural products; sugar cane, tobacco, wheat, maize and all kind of vegetables. Some indigenous people have small simple shops, in contrast to the other market stalls, run by non-indigenous people. The native people of Mandani are peasants and lead simple lives on their farms.

There is two tobacco depot ( Pakistan Tobacco Company) Phillips Morris international. where farmers of the region sell their tobacco on prior agreements from the company.

There is also one bank, United Bank, which help the people of Mandani and surrounding areas in monetary issues.

Mandani has the biggest Police station which provides security to the nearby areas.

Mandani has been a seat of local cultures and has been a seat of great political importance. It was the center of Mazdor Kissan Tehrik in seventies, where Afzal Bangash lead the local farmers to revolt against the land lords ( Khans) who exploited the poor farmers of the N. Hashtnagar. But with the Judicial Murder of the elected PM, Z.A. Bhutto, Gen. Zia crushed the Kissan Movement and sent their leaders to the jails. He supported Khans and forcefully removed the old farmers from their lands and villages. That was the start of extremism in the whole country.

Education: Mandani is a great hub of education. It has one Higher Secondary School for boys, one Higher Secondary school for girls and one Primary school for boys and girls each. There are about 6 private schools, Hashtnagar Public School is the 1st private school in Mandani, established by Dr. Fida, a veterinary doctor who worked in the nearby Dairy Farm.Then Heera School was started in mid nineties but there was no girls college until Atlantic College was established in 1999, the 1st ever all girls college in the region which has been several times on the list of the Top Ten Female Institutions in Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar. Atlantic College has got 100% success in SSC annual Exam 2016 and 2017.


Then the Khyber Model College for Boys was launched which has also earn good name in quality education for boys. There are more private schools like Mandani Model school, Tameer E seerat etc. which help educate the children of the region. There are also couple of religious seminaries ( Madrassas) in Mandani, which help students get Islamic education and Sharia Laws.

Mandani had been a center of the Hindu's empire before the partition of Sub-Continent in 1947.

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"Miscarriage of justice" is sometimes used to describe any wrongful conviction, even when the defendant may be guilty, for example in reference to a conviction reached as the result of an unfair or disputed trial. While a miscarriage of justice is a Type I error for falsely identifying culpability, an error of impunity would be a Type II error of failing to find a culpable person guilty. However, the term "miscarriage of justice" is often used to describe the latter type as well. With capital punishment decreasing, the expression has acquired an extended meaning, namely any conviction for a crime not committed by the convicted person.

Wrongful convictions are frequently cited by death penalty opponents as cause to eliminate death penalties to avoid executing innocent persons. In recent years, DNA evidence has been used to clear many people falsely convicted.

The term travesty of justice is sometimes used for a gross, deliberate miscarriage of justice. Show trials (not in the sense of high publicity, but in the sense of lack of regard to the actual legal procedure and fairness), due to their character, often lead to such travesties.

The concept of miscarriage of justice has important implications for standard of review, in that an appellate court will often only exercise its discretion to correct a plain error when a miscarriage of justice (or "manifest injustice") would otherwise occur.

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Nolensville, Tennessee

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