Definition of Judge Jeffreys from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Judge Jeffreys

 
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George Jeffreys (c. 1648-89) a British judge who condemned to death many supporters of the Duke of Monmouth at the Bloody Assizes of 1685. He is often given as an example of a cruel and wicked judge. He was made a baron in 1685 but later fell out of favour and died in prison.