Marbury v. Madison

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An Early Supreme Court Drama

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  • John Adams signs several judicial commissions the night before leaving office.
  • In the last days of John Adams's presidency, William Marbury was appointed to a justice of the peace.
  • Hello President Adams
  • Hello Mr. Marbury , You are now appointed as a justice of the peace.
  • Thomas Jefferson: " I order you to withhold any commissions not yet delivered!"
  • Thomas Jefferson is angered by John Adams signing the judicial commissions.
  • James Madison: "Yes Sir, I will"
  • The Supreme Court
  • William Marbury files suit in the Supreme Court in hopes of forcing Thomas Jefferson to give him the judgeship.
  • Chief Justice Marshall, we object William Marbury's appointment.
  • William Marbury argues that the Judiciary Act of 1789 allows him to take his case directly to the high court.
  • It is unfair that they have prevented me from taking office.
  • This case establishes Judicial Review and William Marbury loses since he based it on an unconstitutional law.
  • Chief Justice John Marshall: " I declare that the Judiciary Act violates Article lll, Section 2 and is therefore unconstitutional."
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