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As noted in the textbook readings for this module/week, there are many Constitutional limitations on criminal law. One such limitation is the prohibition of ex post facto laws. Please discuss the following: What is the ex post facto clause and how does it limit criminal law? According to Gardner & Anderson (2015), “Ex Post Facto is a criminal law made retroactive to punish prior conduct not criminal when done”. The Ex Post Facto Clause, according to Gardner & Anderson, forbids the following: Law made retroactive so as to make conduct before the enactment of the law a criminal violation. Laws that aggravate a crime retroactively (e.g., making a misdemeanor a felony as of a date six months before the enactment of the legislation). Laws that increase the punishment for a crime retroactively. Laws that alter the legal rules of evidence and permit conviction on less or different evidence than the law required at the time of the commission of the offense.

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