Definition of bill of attainder in English:

bill of attainder

phrase

historical
  • An item of legislation (prohibited by the US Constitution) that inflicts 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.’
    • ‘Parliament officially stripped him, as well as many loyal to Henry VI, of his properties with acts of attainder.’
    • ‘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 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 legislature was prohibited from passing acts of attainder, and from instituting any courts, except those which proceeded according to the common law.’
    • ‘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.’

Definition of bill of attainder in English:

bill of attainder

noun

    • ‘Parliament began to use bills of attainder in 1459 to exercise judicial authority.’
    • ‘When the Constitution was adopted, bills of attainder and bills of pains and penalties were well known in the English law.’
    • ‘‘Congress violated the constitutional prohibition against bills of attainder by singling out plaintiff for legislative punishment,’ the court said.’
    • ‘There Shall Be No Bill of Attainder or ex Post Facto Laws. - No bill of attainder or ex post facto law, retroactive law, or any other law impairing the obligation of contracts.’
    • ‘Does this Constitution any where grant the power of suspending the habeas corpus, to make ex post facto laws, pass bills of attainder, or grant titles of nobility?’
    • ‘It is a bill of attainder. disgusting for the congress to attempt to adjudicate an individual case.’
    • ‘No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, retroactive law, or laws impairing the obligation of contract or making irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities shall be passed.’
    • ‘In sentencing him, the Parliament has essentially revived the institution of the bill of attainder.’
    • ‘An analysis under the applicable standards for a bill of attainder show that this is clearly what the statutes are.’
    • ‘They stand for the proposition that legislative acts, no matter what their form, that apply either to named individuals or to easily ascertainable members of a group in such a way as to inflict punishment on them without a judicial trial are bills of attainder prohibited by the Con- [328 U.S.303, 316] situation.’
    • ‘A reader has suggested to me that Prop. 64, so applied, is an unconstitutional bill of attainder.’
    • ‘Certainly the confiscation of property has always been one of the aspects of administering a bill of attainder, and it should not be allowed in American justice.’
    • ‘Not all bills of attainder were aimed at upstarts like Haxey or rebels like Cade.’
    • ‘No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or making any irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities shall be passed.’
    • ‘The statutes which the Supreme Court has found to be bills of attainder were enactments that penalized individuals to one degree or another for some immutable past behavior or affiliation.’
    • ‘The ruling also marked a rare application of the constitutional prohibition on bills of attainder - essentially a legislative decision to inflict punishment on a specific individual.’
    • ‘In May 1660, certain regicides were also served with bills of attainder even though they were dead - Oliver Cromwell and John Bradshaw (the judge at Charles I trial) were the most famous.’
    • ‘Congress enacted a bill of attainder against him after gatekeepers called for his head.’