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.

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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?
steps to protest [the Israeli] collective and arbitrary punishments against
Supreme Court has long railed against arbitrary punishments, (139) much like America's founders did in their time.
408, 416 (2003) ("The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the imposition of grossly excessive or arbitrary punishments on a tortfeasor.
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.
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.
8) Long sentences, strict discipline, arduous labor, primitive accommodation and sanitation, poor food, high mortality rates, frequent escapes, cruel and arbitrary punishments remained the lot of the African Americans who were the overwhelming majority of the State's prison population, as they were elsewhere in the South.
The arbitrary punishments included imprisonment, the pillory, whipping and branding but never death.
With the spate of murders by disgruntled employees, especially postal workers, the focus is on the gunman as a "nut," a "screwball," instead of on increasingly hostile workplace environments in which workers are under constant surveillance and subjected to increasing speed-ups, arbitrary punishments, and stress.

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