- *From Bouvier s Law Dictionary, 1856*: *BILL OF ATTAINDER*, legislation, punishment. An act of the legislature by which one or more persons are declared to beMessage 1 of 2 , May 26, 2009View SourceFrom Bouvier's Law Dictionary, 1856:
BILL OF ATTAINDER, legislation, punishment. An act of the legislature by which one or more persons are declared to be attainted, and their property confiscated.
2. The Constitution of the United States declares that no state shall pass any bill of attainder.
3. During the revolutionary war, bills of attainder, and ox post facto acts of confiscation, were passed to a wide extent. The evils resulting from them, in times of more cool reflection, were discovered to have far outweighed any imagined good. Story on Const. §1367. Vide Attainder; Bill of Pains and Penalties.
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On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 8:22 PM, Gary D <garytrust@...> wrote:
3. A form or draft of a law, presented to a
legislature, but not enacted. In some cases,
statutes are called bills ; but usually
they are qualified by some description, as
a bill of attainder.