The Michigan Constitution Podcast

Tony Snyder is a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan who offers a bi-monthly podcast on the Michigan Constitution. Here you will learn about each Article and its respective Sections, what they mean, and case law that has addressed how those provision are implemented in the day-to-day lives of citizens of Michigan.


episode 23: Podcast 23: Bills of Attainder

We’re now dealing with Article 1, Section 10, which reads as follows: “No bill of attainder, ex post facto law or law impairing the obligation of contract shall be enacted.”

We’re going to break this Section 10 into three different parts, as it really does roll three topics into one. A bill of attainder occurs when the Michigan Legislature criminalizes something you did in the past, when it wasn’t illegal to do it, and does not provide you with a judicial trial. This podcast will review situations where individuals believed the Legislature took an action, against them as a Defendant, and attempted to make their behavior a criminal in nature, without the benefit of a trial.


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