Star Chamber

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a former English court that became notorious for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments

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Reading Star Chamber cases of forcible entry and disseisin, Whyte highlights the contested nature of the household through the categories of entries, boundaries, and the idea of a moral landscape.
Still others argue that neither an intentional incorporation of English common law nor an opposition to Star Chamber practices influenced the nation's Founders when incorporating the right to a public trial into the Sixth Amendment.
Shadow housing minister John Healey wrote to Mr Pickles today, accusing him of "selling out the important work your department does so you can sit round the Star Chamber table with the big boys".
The AMA's model bylaws on dealing with disruptive physicians say that "the accusation or complaint--and this is key to their approach--has to be written and signed; there are no secret allegations under the AMA code, no Star Chamber here," he said.
Mr Clarke said he planned to introduce a new star chamber committee to ensure any new regulations are balanced by cuts to old laws.
Clearly the Norwich by-election result - caused by the Star Chamber ousting of the former member, the hard-working New Labour rebel Ian Gibson ironically over the expenses scandal, has yet to register - although reports from inside Number 10 confirm that the Fat Controller is now suffering from bruxism - a condition related to tooth grinding, gnashing and jaw-clenching.
It is to Mr Henderson's infinite credit that, after a harrowing day in front of a star chamber that left him hanging out to dry, he fulfilled his tireless commitment to charity work for sick kids at Windsor in the evening.
After a brief but useful historical survey there is an examination of surviving sources: manorial records, property and tax records, surveys, Chancery and Exchequer records, other state records, military and common law records, surviving papers from civil litigation (Chancery, Star Chamber, Court of Requests et al.
Faced with a mandate to provide some sort of trial, the administration opted to create a Star Chamber, where secret evidence could be presented without either the defendant or his attorney being present.
A star chamber court in Ireland; the court of castle chamber, 1571-1641.
That cleans the chamber so well that it wears out the star chamber (barrel extension) and causes excessive headspace.
When Shell admitted its oil reserve estimates were overstated, the predictable chorus of doom used this as "Exhibit A" in a media star chamber against the continued use of fossil fuels.
With the abolition of Star Chamber in 1641, the crime of blasphemy was reestablished as a common law offense.
The ameliorative actions actually open to the English monarch in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries derived from her (or his) ancient connection to the King's Bench, a common law court, and particularly to Star Chamber and Chancery, both courts of equity.