Drumhead justice is what you receive from a drumhead trial. It is an unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals who have taken the law into their own hands, such as those put on by vigilantes or prison inmates; a proceeding and its leaders who are considered sham, corrupt , and without regard for the law. People sometimes confuse it with a kangaroo court. Some people think that a kangaroo court is a fake trial, or joseph stalin trial. They believe that the judgment is already been arranged and decided. The actual concept of kangaroo court dates to the early nineteenth century. Scholars trace its origin to the historical practice of itinerant judges on the us frontier. These roving judges were paid on the basis of how many trials they conducted, and in some instances their salary depended on the fines from the defendants they convicted. The term kangaroo court comes from the image of these judges hopping from place to place to place, guided less by concern for justice than by the desire to wrap up as many trials as the day allowed. A lot of people want to consider these two scenarios the same. They aren’t. drumhead justice was used a lot by the allied powers in world war 2. they wanted to line the nazi leaders, police(gestapo), secret police(ss), and the german soldiers up against the wall and shoot them without a trial. do to them what they did to the jews and undesirables.
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