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Bill of Attainder

BILL OF ATTAINDER

A special legislative enactment that imposes a death sentence without a judicial trial upon a particular person or class of persons suspected of committing serious offenses, such astreasonor a felony.

A bill of attainder is prohibited by Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 of the Constitution because it deprives the person or persons singled out for punishment of the safeguards of a trial by jury.

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bill of attainder

bill of at·tain·der • n. Law an item of legislation (prohibited by the U.S. Constitution) that inflicts attainder without judicial process: during the Revolutionary War, bills of attainder were passed to a wide extent.

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