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in a 5-4 decision, the justices reversed a California Court of Appeal ruling that affirmed a change to California’s statute of limitation, permitting prosecution of sex abuse crimes involving children when the prior limitation period had expired. Stogner v. California, No. 01-1757. According to the court, a law enacted after expiration of a previously applicable limitations period violates the ex post facto clause when it is applied to revive a previously time-barred prosecution. Breyer’s opinion was joined by Stevens, O’Connor, Souter and Ginsburg. Kennedy’s dissent was joined by Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas.

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