Article I Section 9, places the same restraint on Congress. In Calder v. Bull, 3 U.S. (3 Dall.) 385, 389-390 (1798), Justice Chase concluded that the Constitution's prohibition against ex post facto laws reaches four specific categories of criminal statutes: 1st. A summary and case brief of Calder v. Jones, 465 U.S. 783 (1984), including the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, key terms, and concurrences and dissents. Calder v. Bull, 3 U.S. 386 (1798) Norman Morrison wrote a will that left his estate to his grandson, Caleb Bull. In 1793, the Court of Probate for Hartford, Connecticut, concluded that the will was void. The Connecticut legislature two years later passed a law setting aside that decree and granted a new hearing. Sep 15, 2012 · A cartoon version of the Supreme Court case Calder v. Bull. A cartoon version of the Supreme Court case Calder v. Bull. Skip navigation Sign in. Search. It has long been recognized that civil matters are not subject to the strictures of the ex post facto laws. Calder v. Bull, 3 Dall. 386 (1798). The cases cited by the Court did not rely on ex post facto principles, or the concept of due process, but rather on the provision against "retrospective laws" found in Art.