act of indemnity


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act of indemnity

legislation passed to relieve persons of the penal consequences of particular conduct.
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Such acts are legally justified on a test amenable to judicial evaluation and thus, strictly speaking, there is no need for retrospective legalization, though an Act of Indemnity may serve the purpose of economy in preempting actions against officials that would otherwise have to be decided one by one.
That is, in practice, the second class might not require an Act of Indemnity, at least not to the same extent as the third.
Following the death of Cromwell in 1658 (behind whose coffin walked blind Milton, young Dryden and Andrew Marvell) his books were ordered to be burnt by the Act of Indemnity in 1660.