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More broadly, the term is applied to judges who have gained a reputation for imposing unusually harsh sentences, even in jurisdictions where the death penalty has been abolished. The term "hanging judge" is generally applied to officers of the court with mandates, as opposed to extralegal lynch law.
- A track on the Sodom album 'Til Death Do Us Unite
- A character in the Bob Dylan song "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" (album: Blood on the Tracks).
- Justice Wargrave in Agatha Christie's novel Ten Little Niggers (Published as And Then There Were None in the United States)
- The Hanging Judge, a 1918 film directed by Henry Edwards
- A track on the 1991 Armored Saint album Symbol of Salvation
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