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    The May 2002 court ruling said NO, you can't do X.

    November 2002, that court's ruling is overturned.

    In between May and November 2002, was it illegal to do X?

    Example:  if the death penalty for murder is removed between 1990 and 2000 and one commits murder in 1992, he can't get the death penalty even though he's tried in 2002.  And I can see that; prosecutors would just wait until 2002 to charge murder (say he's already in jail for another crime) so he can fry.

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