Marbury v. Madison

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  • I know, right! History back in the day was much more interesting!
  • Yeah, especially during the Jefferson era!
  • Wait... What are you talking about, again?
  • You forgot AGAIN!? Well, I guess I could tell you about it again, let me see if I can jog your memory once again.
  • At the election of 1800, John Adams could not win his election, therefore Thomas Jefferson became the new president.
  • Now that Jefferson would become President, Adams made sure that the Judiciary branch would be full of Federalists. As judges are appointed to life terms, the Federalist power would be in the branch for a while.
  • Now, after Jefferson's Inauguration in 1801, commissions were found on the desk at the White House, but Madison, his Vice President, refused to deliver them, which made Marbury, a judge that was to be appointed, sued Jefferson and Madison.
  • However, John Marshall, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, had to make a tough decision, which ultimately led to the idea of Judiciary review, as he declared the Judiciary Act of 1789 unconstitutional. This made Madison not have to deliver the commissions created by John Adams.
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