One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An item of legislation inflicting attainder without judicial process.
- ‘The constitution of Georgia does not expressly interdict the passing of an act of attainder and confiscation, by the authority of the legislature.’
- ‘As a result she and five of her closest associates were imprisoned in the Tower of London while the act of attainder was passed against them, and were executed in April 1534.’
- ‘Parliament officially stripped him, as well as many loyal to Henry VI, of his properties with acts of attainder.’
- ‘Parliament made acts of attainder one day, and reversed them almost on the next.’
- ‘No doubt that these acts of attainder have been abused in England as instruments of vengeance by a successful over a defeated party.’
- ‘The legislation covered three main areas, the ratification of Richard as king, the passing of acts of attainder against the October rebels and the passing of a number of acts designed to reform part of the legal system.’
- ‘The legislature was prohibited from passing acts of attainder, and from instituting any courts, except those which proceeded according to the common law.’
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