Wed, 12 November 2014
Since ancient times, applying a law retroactively, punishing people for what had been legal before, was considered unfair. So was increasing punishments for crimes that had been committed in the past.
In fact, delegates put protections directly into the Constitution. One said Congress couldn't pass laws like that. The other said individual states couldn't pass laws or punishments retroactively.
But that's what the Governor of Iowa is doing by executive order. And a young woman was prosecuted for trying to vote.