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Fri Jan 29, 2016, 07:52 PM

Constitutional question:

Does the U.S. Constitution prohibit ex post facto legal action?
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madamesilverspurs Jan 2016 OP
jberryhill Jan 2016 #1

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Fri Jan 29, 2016, 08:09 PM

1. Define "ex post facto legal action"

 


What do you mean by that?

An ex post facto law is one which on its face makes something you did last week illegal, and purports to make you criminally liable for it.

For example, last week you spit on the sidewalk. This week, we make it illegal to have ever spit on the sidewalk, and we arrest you for spitting on the sidewalk last week. That kind of thing is prohibited.

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