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Q: An Ex Facto law punishes you for something illegal today but was legal when you did it?
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What does no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed mean?

By prohibiting bills of attainder, the Constitution is prohibiting finding someone guilty without a trial. By prohibiting the making of ex post facto laws, the Constitution is prohibiting the making of retroactive laws (e.g., you do something that is legal, a law is passed making it retroactively illegal, and you get arrested for doing it).

What exactly is an ex post facto law?

A law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions committed or relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the lawAdded: In plain English - it defines a law that retroactively makes something illegal. Although not all countries have such a prohibition, in the US, they are forbidden by Article 1 Section 9 of the United States Constitution.

Why do you think the constitution forbids congress from passing ex post facto laws?

The constitution prohibits making a law ex post facto because it would retroactively change the rules of evidence in a criminal case, retroactively after the definition of a crime, increase punishment retroactively or punish conduct that was legal when committed.

What kind of power is pass ex post facto laws?

Ex post facto laws are laws that act retrospectively. The law changes the legal consequence of an action that was committed before the enactment of the law. For example, an action that was not criminal in 1990 may be regarded as a crime if new legislation is passed to ban the action.

Is it legal to call a person fat in the work place?

not that i know. freedom of speech:]

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What types of law punishes people for doing something that was once legal but is now illegal?

ex post facto law

What type of the law punishes people for doing something that was once legal but is now illegal?

ex post facto law

What is a law that punishes you for somthing illegal today but was legal when you did it?

A Government can pass a law that makes a legal something into something that is illegal. One instance is the anti-smoking law passed by the British Government - it is now illegal to smoke in a public house, on a bus, and in many other places.

What is it called if Congress tries to pass a law making it illegal to have done something that was legal when you did it?

Ex Post Facto Laws (after the fact)

What term means to punish someone for something that was not illegal when it was done?

The legal term for a law that has criminal penalties that effect people prior to the enactment of that law is called an "ex-post facto law". Ex-post facto laws are illegal in most countries and the US Constitution expressly forbids the creation or passage of an ex-post facto law.

What is a law that makes illegal an act that was legal when it was committed?

It is called an "ex post facto" law.

What is an illegal?

An illegal is when you do something that is not legal, than you have done something illegal.

What does decriminalized mean?

It is where government enacts legislation to allow for something that is illegal to become legal.

What is the opposite or antonyms words of a illegal?

The opposite of illegal is legal. Legal refers to something that is permitted or allowed by law.

What is the term for doing something that is legal and becomes illegal after the fact?

well, there is a rule called ex post facto that states that you cant be charged with a crime that wasnt considered a crime when the person was committing it. i dont know if that helps

Is robbery a legal crime?

No. A crime is something that is illegal. Robbery is an illegal crime.

What type of law punishes people for doing something that was once legal but is illegal?

Retrospective law, also known as ex post facto law, punishes individuals for actions that were legal when committed but are later made illegal. This type of law is generally prohibited by many legal systems because it violates fundamental principles of fairness and justice.