Bill of pains and penalties

Definition
: a legislative act formerly permitted that imposed a punishment less severe than death without benefit of a judicial trial
compare bill of attainder in this entry
The term bill of attainder is often used to include bills of pains and penalties. Bills of pains and penalties are included in the constitutional ban on bills of attainder.



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