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bill of attainder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bill of attainder a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trial "bills of attainder are prohibited by the Constitution of the United States"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bill of attainder a bill brought into, or passed by, a legislative body, condemning a person to death or outlawry, and attainder, without judicial sentence.
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Usage

In literature:

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
"Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Alexis de Toqueville
No Bill of Attainder or expost facto Law shall be passed.
"The Fathers of the Constitution" by Max Farrand
No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
"Experiments in Government and the Essentials of the Constitution" by Elihu Root
A bill of attainder was hastily passed by the Parliament he had ruled.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI" by John Lord
No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Impeachment was replaced with bill of attainder during the swift succession of parliaments during the civil war.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
No bill of attainder, or ex-post-facto law, shall he passed.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
Why is the passing of bills of attainder and ex post facto laws by states forbidden?
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The charge of high treason could not be legally established, and a bill of attainder was passed against him in 1645.
"The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]." by Hartley Withers
His opinion on the bill for the attainder of Strafford, 40.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Any bill of attainder would include him.
"A Song of a Single Note" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
No Bill of Attainder talked of, no word of impeachment, not even a whisper about voting want of confidence.
"No Quarter!" by Mayne Reid
There are long lists of traitors in the bills of attainder.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
A Virginia bill of attainder.
"United States Government Publications, v. 8 Jan-Jun 1892" by Compiled
He is himself impeached, a bill of attainder against him is passed, and he is arrested and imprisoned in the Tower.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
Attainder, 367; bill of attainder, 69, 59.
"Government in the United States" by James Wilford Garner
The question being divided, the first part of the motion relating to bills of attainder was agreed to nem contradicente.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison
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