ACORN Files Cert Petition in Bill of Attainder Case

A “bill of attainder” refers to a legislatively imposed punishment on an identified individual or group of individuals.  These are unconstitutional under Article I, sections 9 and 10.  One of the chapters in The Odd Clauses is about these clauses, and one of the key cases I discuss is a recent one involving congressional de-funding of ACORN.  The Second Circuit held that this was not a bill of attainder, reversing the district court.  Now ACORN has petitioned the Supreme Court to take the case.  Details and links here, at SCOTUSblog.

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