ex post facto law

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ex post facto law

n.
A law that retroactively makes criminal an act that was not criminal at the time it was done. In the United States, the passage of such laws is forbidden by the Constitution.
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The Retroactive Legislation Seeks to Reverse the Michigan Supreme Courts Findings in IBM 3.
Attorney Todd Turner of Arkadelphia, who is representing the class members with his brother, attorney Dan Turner, said last week that he thinks the retroactive legislation is unconstitutional and "very disappointing.
While the Government may argue that there are reasons for the changes unpredictable powers are needed to cope with unforeseen problems; secondary legislation is quicker and cheaper than statute law; retroactive legislation is needed to cope with fast moving situations; principles and guidelines are more useful than rigid tramlines; and changing the burden of proof is necessary to catch crooks and raise standards today s report seeks to ensure that every inroad into the rule of law is challenged and debated.
Federal legislation that lapsed at the end of 2013, the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, waived this tax liability, but Congress may enact retroactive legislation to restore the tax waiver.
Future cases applying declaratory legislation should see such enactments as a special category of retroactive legislation enacted by the legislature to direct an interpretation of its own law to achieve a particular economic or social policy, which is distinct from the judicial search for meaning in interpreting legislation.
Hanging Mollah on the basis of retroactive legislation and then denying him the right to appeal against this sentence is a grave violation of his fundamental rights.
Egypt's leaders have to act on resolving outstanding investment disputes, removing the threat of retroactive legislation on investments and draw a line under some of the anti-investment decisions made over recent years.
Although an in-depth discussion on the constitutionality of retroactive legislation is beyond the scope of this item, ATRA's enactment brings the issue of retroactive tax legislation to the forefront.
S&P said a move to introduce retroactive legislation to force reluctant bondholders into the deal was equivalent to a "distressed debt restructuring" and added that it would lift the rating once the swap was complete, after 12 March.
As a whole, estate planners and their clients are not looking forward to messy and potential retroactive legislation on the federal and Illinois fronts.
Twelve years ago the Supreme Court affirmed the longstanding principle that federal legislation should affect future rather than past actions, noting that "the presumption against retroactive legislation is deeply rooted in our jurisprudence, and embodies a legal doctrine centuries older than our Republic.