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English definition of “miscarriage of justice”

miscarriage of justice

noun [C] uk   us  
a situation in which someone is punished by the law courts for a crime that they have not committed: Many people oppose the death penalty because of the possibility of miscarriages of justice.Court cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of miscarriage of justice from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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