bill of attainder


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bill of attainder

n. pl. bills of attainder
A legislative act that pronounces a person guilty of a crime and imposes an attainder. The US Constitution prohibits bills of attainder.

bill of attainder

n
(Law) (formerly) a legislative act finding a person guilty without trial of treason or felony and declaring him attainted. See also attainder1

bill′ of attain′der


n.
a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without trial.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bill of attainder - a legislative act finding a person guilty of treason or felony without a trialbill 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"
bill, measure - a statute in draft before it becomes law; "they held a public hearing on the bill"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in classic literature ?
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
A last possible objection to the constitutionality of outlawry requires close analysis of the meaning of the Article I Bill of Attainder Clause (221) and the Article III Attainder of Treason Clause.
A bill of attainder is a declaration of the legislature that finds an individual or group guilty of a crime and punishes them without a trial.
He objected that singling out one organization rather than broadly ending federal subsidies to broadcasters might be an unconstitutional bill of attainder.
voice: "The legislature shall pass no bill of attainder, nor any ex
As the impeachment proceedings appeared about to collapse, Commons changed tactics and on April 21 passed a bill of attainder, 204 to 59, declaring Strafford's actions treason and condemning him to death.
court faced with a bill of attainder claim (a bill heavily taxing bonuses paid to executives at TARP-aided firms was recently attacked on the floor of Congress as a bill of attainder) (23) would be bound by duty to examine the British practice of such bills.
As the civil war loomed, Strafford was impeached, convicted by a Commons bill of attainder (204 votes to 59) and executed at Tower Hill in 1641.
Constitution states flatly, "No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
in case involving 1782 bill of attainder by Georgia
He traces the rise and fall of the Article, particularly what he considers its most important provisions: the Contract Clause, the Bill of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Clause, the non-retroactive provisions, the Import-Export Clause, and the Interstate Compact Clause.