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Date Posted: Fri, Dec 15 2006, 16:25:06 PST
Author: Richard
Subject: Kagaroo Court


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A kangaroo court is a 'judicial' proceeding that denies proper procedure in the name of expediency; a fraudulent or unjust trial where the decision has essentially been made in advance, usually for the purpose of providing a conviction, either going through the motions of manipulated procedure or allowing no defense at all.

A kangaroo court or kangaroo trial, also known as drumhead court-martial or Drumhead trial, is a sham legal proceeding or court. The term is often applied to courts subjectively judged as such, while others consider the court to be legitimate and legal. A kangaroo court may be a court that has had its integrity compromised; for example, if the judge is not impartial and refuses to be recused.
It may also be an elaborately scripted event intended to appear fair while having the outcome predetermined from the start. Terms meaning "show trial", like the German Schauprozess, indicate the result is fixed before (usually guilty): the "trial" is just for show. Notorious were Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's kangaroo trials against his enemies, whom he labeled enemies of the people and the communist party, notably in the context of the Great Purge. Another example is Roland Freisler's "processes" against the enemies of the national-socialist regime.

The term seems not to originate from Australia, the native country of kangaroos as the oldest available evidence stems from the California Gold Rush, with the first written reference in 1853 in a Texas context (also mustang court), from the notion of proceeding "by leaps" like the agile marsupial. It is possible that the phrase arose out of a combination of informal courts convened to deal with "claim jumpers," the many Australian participants in the Gold Rush and a bit of word play.
Examples of alleged kangaroo courts amounting to "judicial lynching" include the Kansas evolution hearings.[1]

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