Cohens v Virginia

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  • One day, in the magical land of Virginia, two brothers, the brown haired named Phillip and the black haired named Mendes, or the Cohen brothers, we caught selling illegal D.C. lottery tickets.
  • One day, in the magical land of Virginia, two brothers, the brown haired named Phillip and the black haired named Mendes, or the Cohen brothers, we caught selling illegal D.C. lottery tickets.
  • CALM DOWN! It was just lottery tickets!!
  • It's illegal to sell lottery tickets in D.C!!
  • CRAP!
  • So the case was sent to the Supreme Court for decision.
  • We're taking this to court!!
  • We're here to discuss the Case of Cohens v Virginia. What shall we say here?
  • These men were illegally selling lottery tickets!
  • Oh no! We're doomed!
  • NO!
  • In a unanimous decision, the Court held that the Supreme Court had jurisdiction to review state criminal proceedings!
  • YES!!
  • This Case established the right of the supreme court to review decisions of state supreme courts in questions involving the powers of the federal government.
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