United States Supreme Court
539 U.S. 607 (2003)
In 1998, a California grand jury indicted Marion Stogner (defendant) with sex-related child abuse acts committed between 1955 and 1973. At the time the crimes were committed, the statute of limitations was three years. In 1993, however, California (plaintiff) enacted a new criminal statute of limitations governing sex-related child abuse crimes. The new law permitted (1) resurrection of otherwise time-barred criminal actions and (2) was enacted after pre-existing limitations periods had expired. Under the new law Stogner could be prosecuted for acts committed decades earlier so long as prosecution begins within a year of a victim’s first complaint to the police. Stogner filed a petition to dismiss the abuse complaint based on the U.S. Constitution’s Ex Post Facto Clause in Article I, § 10, cl. 1. The trial court dismissed the indictment but the state’s court of appeal reversed. Stogner then moved to dismiss the indictment, arguing that his prosecution violates the Ex Post Facto Clause and the Due Process Clause. The trial court denied Stogner’s motion and the court of appeal affirmed. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the claims.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Breyer, J.)
Dissent (Kennedy, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 203,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.