ex post facto

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The writ of habeas corpus was denied to the reclaimed Negro and the act was ex post facto.

Other jurors claimed that they had decided Donnely was guilty, but that was probably an ex post facto switch.

An ex post facto law was brought in with great precipitation, for annulling this dividend.

Then my honourable friend says that this is an ex post facto law.

I speak of those Irish Presbyterians who are asking for an ex post facto law to confirm their marriages.

You object to ex post facto statutes; and you shall have none.

Therefore any repugnance (this is purely an ex post facto pun) on my part cannot be attributed to jealousy.

"No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed" by Congress.

She shall pass no bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of a contract.

No bill of attainder, or ex post facto law, shall be passed.