- Article 1, section 9, clause 3, "No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed."
Bill of attainder: an act of legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial.
Ex post facto Law: a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law.
The same representatives that rushed to vote on a stimulus package they could not have possibly read, had no qualms about violating the Constitution to exact retribution against those they felt acted unethically, but where as no actual crime was committed. In the mean time, people like Chris Dodd who received $103,100, Barack Obama who received $101,332, Joe Biden who received $19,975, and 34 other House Democrats who received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bailed out company will not have to pay a dime of the ill gotten funds back.
243 Democrats were joined by 85 Republicans in passing this bill, showing that violating the US Constitution is the one thing both parties are more than willing to cross the isle for.