bill of attainder

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a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial

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For most of the twentieth century, the Supreme Court defined an Article I bill of attainder as a law that (1) imposes punishment (2) on specific individuals (3) without a judicial trial.
As such, his role in developing precedent through the use of signing statements and impacting the future use of the tool is relatively minor, especially since the bill of attainder issue is clear in the Constitution.
This arguably made the amendment a bill of attainder and therefore unconstitutional.
legislature shall pass any Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law.
Fearful of what might happen to his own family, on May 10 Charles assented to the bill of attainder.
The bonus legislation looks like both a bill of attainder and an ex post facto law.
Moreover, for Congress to have targeted a specific group of individuals would have come close to making the law a bill of attainder, also prohibited by the Constitution.
1988) (seeking declaratory judgment that the Act violated First Amendment rights of free speech and association, and bill of attainder of U.
Prison inmates challenged the application of a New Jersey statute that required them to pay a ten percent surcharge on their purchases from a prison or jail commissary, in order to fund compensation of crime victims, alleging violations of their Double Jeopardy, Ex Post Facto, and Bill of Attainder rights.
De Silva offers one of the best accounts of More's relationship with Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Canterbury, and of his strenuous efforts to protect himself from being named with her in the bill of attainder that accused her of prophesying the king's death.
pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts.
Keane's bill of attainder may be true so far as it goes, but it is rarely leavened with acknowledgment of Havel's accomplishments.
Ironically Wentworth, who made those comments, went the way of the very Buckingham he disdained, and as Earl of Strafford was impeached and condemned by Bill of Attainder.
The Court's decision that the SVPA did not impose "punishment" is yet another entry in its ongoing examination of the "punishment question," a matter of threshold constitutional significance, potentially triggering a broad array of constitutional protections, including those of the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments, as well as the Bill of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Clauses.
Strafford's eloquence did him no good: Subjected to a bill of attainder by the vengeful Parliament, his head fell to the executioner's axe on May 12, 1641.