Marbury vs. Madison

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Comic for Lesson 27: Marbury vs. Madison Case

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  • Madison: Well... This is supposed to go to Marbury, but Jefferson told me not to give Marbury his commissions. So I think I won't...
  • Marbury: I appeal to the Supreme Court that Madison deliver the commissions. I want to be a justice of the peace in Washington, D.C..
  • Madison and Jefferson were acting illegally... But if I order Madison and Jefferson to deliver the letters, they won't. That will weaken the Supreme Courts power...
  • Chief Justice Marshall
  • The Supreme Court should be the final judge to interpret the Constitution... But Marbury should receive his commission...
  • Marshall: Marbury does have a right to his commission...
  • But Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 that Marbury appealed under is unconstitutional, it gave the Supreme Court powers not mentioned in the Constitution. Madison does not have to give Marbury the commission.
  • The Supreme Court's power to be the final judge in declaring laws unconstitutional will be called judicial review!
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