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]
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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"
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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.
27) In the words of legal historian William Stacy, by the abandonment of the trial and the move to a bill of attainder the House of Commons "destroyed a man they otherwise could not convict.
Much the same is true with respect to specificity and bills of attainder: a law can be extremely specific, can even impose a burden as opposed to providing a benefit, and still not be a bill of attainder.
Even laws that impose a duty or liability upon a single individual or firm are not on that account invalid--or else we would not have the extensive jurisprudence that we do concerning the Bill of Attainder Clause, including cases which say that [the Clause] requires not merely 'singling out' but also punishment, see, e.
I will not fault us for failing to foresee an argument that Section 271--which benefitted the BOCs by authorizing them to enter long-distance markets closed to them on account of their ability to extend their local monopolies into those markets--in fact unconstitutionally punished them within the meaning of the bill of attainder clause.
If the Congress could empower the president to punish without a trial, Congress essentially would be delegating a power to impose a bill of attainder by administrative fiat.
6) This note advocates for the Bill of Attainder Clause's application to administrative agencies when they act pursuant to delegated authority and their action is treated as having the "force of law" by the federal judiciary--precisely because the Bill of Attainder Clause is such a vitally important check on the abuse of legislative power.
act constituted an impermissible Bill of Attainder, (42) is
Una institucion distinta del impeachment es el Bill of Attainder.
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.