The Nuremberg Trial was a kaenguru dish

What is a kangaroo dish?

A kangaroo court is a term used to describe a legal system that disregards accepted standards of law or justice, what is directed against the accused, and where the verdict against the accused is usually predetermined. Kangaroo courts do not follow necessary court rules and procedures and are only conducted as formalities.

History of the kangaroo dishes

The origin of the expression "kangaroo dish" is unknown. Although the kangaroo animal that the term comes from only occurs in Australia, the origin of the phrase is not precisely traced back to the continent. The earliest known written application of the term is found in a magazine by the American writer Philip Paxton in his 1853 article "A Stray Yankee in Texas". Some scholars believe the term originates from the word "claim jumping" used extensively during the California Gold Rush, which describes the process of swiftly conducting proceedings in which a lawsuit "skips" any evidence presented by the defense. However, some scholars attribute the source of the term to Australian kangaroos, where it implies a person with the dish in his pocket.

Features of the kangaroo dishes

Kangaroo courts are notorious for disregarding the phrase "innocent until proven guilty". A common characteristic of all kangaroo courts is to deny the accused of their rights. One of the rights denied to the accused is the right to control their defense. Another feature of these courts is to deny the defendants the right to summon witnesses. The defendant is also denied the right to appeal the judgment of the court. The court also denies the defendants' right not to be tried on secret evidence if such evidence may be absent from the hearings. Kangaroo court judgments are usually determined with the legal proceedings that are conducted just for the show. The court is also known for using fantasy scenarios to imply the accused. In several cases, the defendant is tortured before trial and the torture is not included in court records. Another common feature of kangaroo courts is the writing of new laws for the intent of applying the laws against the accused.

Examples of kangaroo dishes

Perhaps the earliest examples of kangaroo dishes were those used during the California gold rush. Other examples of kangaroo courts are the show trials that were common in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era. These show trials are commonly referred to as the "Moscow Trials" of the "Soviet Great Purge". The trial involved shaping public opinion against the defendants through massive government-funded newspaper campaigns. The Nuremberg Trials were other forms of kangaroo dishes. The Nuremberg Trials were several military tribunals held by the Allies against the Nazis after the Second World War. These trials were heavily biased against the Nazis, who the Allies were accused of using torture to force the accused to plead guilty to their charges. Another example of kangaroo courts was during the Great Insurrection Trial of 1994, when American nationalists were imprisoned for political inclinations.

Criticism of the Kangaroo Courts

The use of kangaroo courts has been heavily criticized by lawyers who believe that these courts have no place in the modern legal system. The nature of the judgment given by the Kangaroo Court is considered unfair to the defendant who has no opportunity to prove his innocence.


Author: Eloise Coleman

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