What is an ex post facto law?
An ex post facto law is one that is made retroactive to punish an act that wasn't illegal at the time it was committed. For example, if I didn't wear my seatbelt and wearing one wasn't a law, but it became a law the next day, I couldn't get in trouble for it because the "crime" was committed before it was against the law.
Article I of the US Constitution specifically says this cannot be done. Laws that don't involve penalties can reference dates in the past to allow an income tax break or permit eligibility for a program based on past actions (such as fighting in a war).
The reason the Constitution prevents Congress (and the states) from writing ex post facto laws is to protect the population and other entities from government abuse.
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Ex post facto law is a law that punished for a past offense. Read More
In reference to ex post facto law is it considred to be ex post facto if more severe penalities are added to the crime?
Yes, an ex post facto law cannot impose punishment on a person who committed an act before it was illegal. This includes increasing the severity of the punishment from what it was when the crime was committed. Ex post facto applies to criminal law and not civil law as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Also, some laws, for example the sex offenders registry, are considered a regulatory device for public safety and not a… Read More
Ex post facto is a Latin term meaning "after the fact." Ex-Post Facto Law is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed, or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed, prior to the enactment of the law. In the U.S ex-post facto criminal laws are prohibited under the Constitution. Article I, section 10. Read More
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. Read More
The Ex Post Facto law is a law that can go backward and change the legal consequences. In Latin, it means "after the facts." Read More
The Constitution prohibits any ex post facto law from being enacted. Article One states: No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. Read More
Ex Post Facto law "Congress shall pass no Ex Post Facto law", I believe is how it appears in the constitution. It is latin for after the fact. Read More
An ex post facto law. Ex post facto laws are forbidden by the US Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 3. Read More
The constitution says that a person may not be charged for a crime under an ex post facto law. An ex post facto law is a law that was created after the supposed crime was committed. The US Constitution ruled that someone cannot be tried for breaking a law that wasn't created yet. Makes sense, right? Read More
True or false Law prohibiting ex post facto legislation does not apply to criminal law only to civil law?
False. (in the US) Ex Post Facto laws are unconstitutional, PERIOD! Read More
(in the US) Ex Post Facto laws are forbidden by the US Constitution. Read More
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expost facto law is a law that apply to person who who violated a crime against such law that was not enacted yet. Read More
No. Article 1, Section 9 states: "No bill of attainder or ex-post facto Law shall be passed." Read More
none. Section 22. No ex post facto law or bill of attainder shall be enacted. Read More
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Ex post facto law Make an act punishable as a crime when such an act was not an offense when committed. http://www.answers.com/topic/ex-post-facto-law Read More
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Such a law is called Ex Post Facto. Read More
A law punished a person for something that was not against the law when that person did not do it is called?
Ex Post Facto. Read More
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Article 1, Section 9 "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed." Read More
This is called an ex post facto law. They are constitutionally illegal in the United States. Ex post facto is Latin for from after the action or after the facts. Read More
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Ex Post Facto is the term you're looking for. It means "from after the action" in latin. An ex post facto law or retroactive law, is a law or ordinance that retroactively changes the legal consequences of actions committed prior to the enactment of the law. Read More
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It is called an "ex post facto" law. Read More
Is it true an ex post facto law is a law that makes an act illegal after the act has been committed?
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it means any law passed that have to do with crimes that happened before Read More
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I think you mean ex post facto, which is latin for "after the fact" I think you mean ex post facto, which is latin for "after the fact" Read More
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What is the law called that punishes a man for something that was not against the law when he did it?
The man is being charged "ex post facto". Read More
I bellieve the only type of law the Constitution specifically forbids is an "ex post facto" law. That would be a law that provides a penalty for something that has already happened but was not illegal when it occurred. Lily: It States in the Constitution that "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. Definitions: Bill of Attainder- a law declaring that a person is guilty of a particular crime ex… Read More