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Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3

Document 9

Oliver Ellsworth, Landholder, no. 6

10 Dec. 1787Essays 163

There is to be no ex post facto laws. This was moved by Mr. Gerry and supported by Mr. Mason, and is exceptional only as being unnecessary; for it ought not to be presumed that government will be so tyrannical, and opposed to the sense of all modern civilians, as to pass such laws: if they should, they would be void.

The Founders' Constitution
Volume 3, Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3, Document 9
The University of Chicago Press

Ford, Paul Leicester, ed. Essays on the Constitution of the United States, Published during Its Discussion by the People, 1787--1788. Brooklyn: Historical Printing Club, 1892.

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