Bill of Attainder

Definition of "Bill of Attainder"
  1. A law that declares a specific person guilty of a crime, especially treason, without a trial, which is forbidden by the U.S. Constitution
How to use "Bill of Attainder" in a sentence
  1. The constitution forbids the passage of a Bill of Attainder to single someone out as guilty.
  2. The principle behind the prohibition of a Bill of Attainder is the right to a fair trial.
  3. The politicians were careful to avoid what might be construed as a Bill of Attainder.

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