Arbitrary punishments

ARBITRARY PUNISHMENTS, practice. Those punishments which are left to the decision of the judge, in distinction from those which are defined by statute.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Warr hath determin'd us, and foild with loss Irreparable; tearms of peace yet none Voutsaf't or sought; for what peace will be giv'n To us enslav'd, but custody severe, And stripes, and arbitrary punishment Inflicted?
Those who have fled the city before the assault tell horrific stories of everyday life under Daesh, where summary execution and the harshest arbitrary punishments were doled out to anyone and all who failed to follow the letter of their commands.
The Doctrine of Command Responsibility and the Need to Avoid Arbitrary Punishments
Originating in ancient times, it put the Church forward as an institution capable of tempering arbitrary punishments and persecutions.
Lawyer Tarek Al-Awady wonders: "where is the entertainment in the arbitrary punishments against Adly?" What is happening is a violation of the law and an attempt to oppress and humiliate Adly, he added.
Then, based on this groundless perception, dozens, hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of innocent people become targets of investigations, operations and arbitrary punishments while the administrators avoid taking such steps against real terrorists in that country.
steps to protest [the Israeli] collective and arbitrary punishments against
Some masters had their own form of arbitrary punishments. If you misbehaved in Mr Burdett's' class, you were summoned to his desk, made to bend over and receive four heavy strokes to your backside with a size 10 plimsoll.
He was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison during which he has undergone an increase in night raids of cells which are well-reported to be brutal and include insults and arbitrary punishments.Prisoner Abdel-Jawad, a 20-year-old Jericho man sentenced to 20 months in April 2008, told the PPS lawyer this week that the situation in Al Naqab Prison is very hard.
The worst in the nation in inflicting unjust, arbitrary punishments, often against free-market or conservative-appearing physicians, the TMB finally found itself on the hot seat answering questions under oath.
such as one would find cruel and arbitrary." (3) But why should we care whether utilitarian arguments would justify cruel and arbitrary punishments?
(9) It knew jurors were unpredictable and thus instructed trial judges to review punitive awards carefully in order to ensure against grossly excessive or arbitrary punishments. (10) It knew that attorneys got carded away with the evidence and instructed that it should be limited to the jurisdiction in which the case was pending.

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