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Kangaroo courts and bills of attainder

18 March 2024

10:30 AM

18 March 2024

10:30 AM

I want to talk about two things in this column: bills of attainder and kangaroo courts. The two often go together.

What is a “bill of attainder?” We get the term from English law. A person or persons whom the people in charge don’t like is “attainted.” Forget about due process, presumption of innocence, or any such quaint ideas.

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