Wikipedia wrote:The Star Chamber (Latin: Camera stellata) was an English court which sat at the royal Palace of Westminster, from the late 15th century to the mid-17th century (c. 1641), and was composed of Privy Counsellors and common-law judges, to supplement the judicial activities of the common-law and equity courts in civil and criminal matters. The Star Chamber was originally established to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against socially and politically prominent people so powerful that ordinary courts would probably hesitate to convict them of their crimes. However, it became synonymous with social and political oppression through the arbitrary use and abuse of the power it wielded.
And how did it end up?
Wikipedia wrote:Under the Stuarts
The power of the Court of Star Chamber grew considerably under the House of Stuart, and by the time of King Charles I, it had become synonymous with misuse and abuse of power by the King and his circle. King James I and his son Charles used the court to examine cases of sedition, which meant that the court could be used to suppress opposition to royal policies. It came to be used to try nobles too powerful to be brought to trial in the lower court.
And how were Star Chambers viewed in later century's?
Edgar Lee Masters wrote:In the Star Chamber the council could inflict any punishment short of death, and frequently sentenced objects of its wrath to the pillory, to whipping and to the cutting off of ears. ... With each embarrassment to arbitrary power the Star Chamber became emboldened to undertake further usurpation. ... The Star Chamber finally summoned juries before it for verdicts disagreeable to the government, and fined and imprisoned them. It spread terrorism among those who were called to do constitutional acts. It imposed ruinous fines. It became the chief defence of Charles against assaults upon those usurpations which cost him his life.
"Der Process" form Franz Kafka wrote:Jemand mußte Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne daß er etwas Böses getan hätte, wurde er eines Morgens verhaftet.
While we are reviewing WMF bans
The SanFranBan of BrillLyle also stinks to high heaven. But hey, who's paying attention, if she got banned by WMF due to an anonymous well-connected complainant or two without due process, the ban must be right, because, you know, they never make mistakes or engage in petty political backstabbing. Carrite (talk) 22:25, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
By "stinks to high heaven" you mean nobody knows why she was banned, because nobody can know, because the T&S policy forbids telling anyone about the standards, evidence, complaints, assessments, or recommendations involved? EllenCT (talk) 08:04, 9 July 2019 (UTC)