Nor was he content to be guilty of this iniquity in respect
of future offences only; he released even the man who had already committed his
crime, and already been punished. I, however, used to suppose that legislators
were concerned with the future, making laws to direct how people should behave,
how every thing should he managed, and what should be the proper penalties for
different transgressions. That is what is meant by making the laws the same for
all citizens. To frame statutes for past transactions is not to legislate, but
to rescue malefactors.