Calder v. Bull case brief
Subject: (The ability of the Supreme Court to overrule legislation on the basis of Natural law)
Facts: A Connecticut probate court had disapproved a will designating the respondents as beneficiaries, thus allowing petitioners to inherit as decedent's heirs at law. The Connecticut legislature passed a resolution setting aside the decree and granting a new hearing, at which the will was approved. To petitioners' claim that the Legislative act was an ex post facto law in violation of Article I, §10, the Court responded that the clause was limited to criminal legislation. But justice Chase went on to consider whether, apart from this or any other specific provision of the Constitution, a government could deprive a citizen of a vested property right.