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“Defund ACORN” a bill of attainder?

September 18, 2009

via Big Government

Rep. Nadler (D-NY) claimed today that the Republican-led initiative to defund ACORN is an unconstitutional bill of attainder. I am no expert on bills of attainder but this seems does not seem like one. Rather than a punishment for past action without trial (i.e. a bill of attainder), voting to cease funding ACORN is more of a decision that the appalling, systemic flaws present in the organization make it unfit to continue receiving federal funds. I would think there is a key distinction between discontinuing funding and a punishment that requires ACORN to do something.

Any thoughts on this?

(Cross-posted on Southern Appeal)

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  1. September 18, 2009 4:18 pm

    If the government’s actions against AIG were not Bills of Attainder, then deciding to no longer fund ACORN certainly isn’t.

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