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Secret, harsh, or arbitrary, as in procedures.

[From Star Chamber.]


[ˈstɑːˌtʃeɪmbəʳ] ADJ (fig) → secreto y arbitrario
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To make things worse, the hearings were essentially star-chamber proceedings because the House wanted Sereno to be present, and not use counsel, if she wished to cross-examine witnesses.
USADA's malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play," he added.
Middle-class welfare programs were not conjured up in some star-chamber in Toronto or Ottawa.
29 letter on the ``Peruvian star-chamber military court:''
In just the past few days, this star-chamber response has been triggered by very different murder cases in two places with little in common.
INCREASINGLY embattled Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy was expected to gratefully grab Ireland's latest set of inflation figures immediately on their publication today - for use in his defence at a scheduled economic star-chamber hearing in Europe next week.
If you liked the way the Peruvian star-chamber military court, complete with hooded judges, dealt with Lori Berenton, you'll love the Bush-Ashcroft clone.
As the governor of Texas, Bush allowed his appointees on the state clemency board to continue the star-chamber tradition of deciding death-penalty appeals without bothering to meet together or publicly explain decisions.