Marbury vs. Madison

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  • John Adams
  • James Madison
  • In the 1800's they didn't know it yet, but these men were about to make a major impact on history with a case known as Marbury vs. Madison that would take place in 1803.
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • William Marbury
  • Chief Justice John Marshall
  • As John Adams realized his presidency was almost over he decided to do something grand to be remembered by. Adams thought and thought until he decided upon the idea to sign a large amount of judicial commissions to members of his party.
  • I know just what I will do!
  • Jefferson then became president and when he learned of the commissions he did all in his power to stop them from being delivered.
  • STOP the delivering of any commissions that we currently have that Adams signed!
  • uh... yes sir. Right away sir!
  • I have filed suit to the Supreme Court. When I show the judge the Judiciary Act of 1789, you will have to give me my job!
  • You WILL give me the judgeship Jefferson.
  • Oh is that so Marbury?
  • I am afraid that the Judiciary Act of 1789, which would allow a Writ of Mandamus, is unconstitutional because it violates Article III, Section 2.
  • Yes sir.
  • Pardon me!? Are you informing me that I have lost my entire case?
  • The opinion of the court against William Marbury in Marbury vs Madison locked in a definite place for the judicial branch in the process of separation of powers. The case Marbury vs. Madison also established the Supreme Court's power of judicial review, making it a largely known landmark case. Judicial review is the power of the Supreme Court to review an act or law in order to decide if it is valid according to the Constitution.
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