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ex post facto -- (Latin)
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  • For any state to make sex a qualification that must ever result in the disfranchisement of one entire half of the people, is to pass a bill of attainder, or, an ex post facto law, and is therefore a violation of the supreme law of the land.
    Susan B. Anthony  --  On Women’s Right to Vote
  • A noble use of them had, however, been made, and again I was compelled to deal with the result in ex post facto manner.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • What ex post facto lessons of history?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • By our standards that crime arose under an ex post facto law.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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  • No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The States are prohibited from making ex post facto laws in criminal cases, and any person condemned by virtue of a law of this kind can appeal to the judicial power of the Union.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It is probable that both these representations were of ex post facto origin; the young gentleman (whose expressive name was Sparkler) being monomaniacal in offering marriage to all manner of undesirable young ladies, and in remarking of every successive young lady to whom he tendered a matrimonial proposal that she was ’a doosed fine gal—well educated too—with no biggodd nonsense about her.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Bills of Attainder, Ex Post Facto Laws
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • "Ex post facto, Your Honor," exclaimed Bellagrog, pounding the table.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge

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  • Thus, whilst the power of modifying and changing their legislation at pleasure was preserved in all the republics, they were forbidden to enact ex post facto laws, or to create a class of nobles in their community.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • 6 Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligation of contracts contradict the social compact and every principle of sound legislation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Some State constitutions expressly prohibit bills of attainder and ex post facto laws; the spirit of the State constitutions prohibits them all.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Ex POST FACTO.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • And when the Constitution commanded no "ex post facto laws," Bob Taft accepted this precept as permanently wise and universally applicable.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • For example, the legislature cannot pass bills of attainder or ex post facto laws.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But even more deplorable, he said, were the trials themselves, which "violate the fundamental principle of American law that a man cannot be tried under an ex post facto statute."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The fifth class of provisions restricts State authority: 2 "No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility."
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque or Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
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