Hanging judge

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"Hanging judge" is an unofficial term for a judge who has gained notoriety for handing down punishment by sentencing convicted criminals to death by hanging.

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.

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