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May 13, 2011 11:57 AM Subscribe
What is the name for a law/act/legislation that turns, an otherwise law abiding citizen, into a criminal?
posted by RolandOfEld to law & government (43 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I remember seeing this referenced some years ago and it's bothered me that I can't remember it. Searches have proved misguided and frustrating. My google-fu failed to get the TKO.
I'm not sure if it's a latin word or phrases but I'm pretty sure it'd apply to situations such as:
You own a house on 10 foot stilts. The city passes a law that says "Any house on 9 foot tall stilts or higher is illegal." Through no fault (or action? or knowledge? is this key to the definition) of your own you are now in breach of the law.