Marbury vs Madison

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A short, simple storyboard to explain how judicial review was created from the case of Marbury vs Madison.

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  • John Adams: Hey, William Marbury, I want you to be a Justice of the Peace.
  • Thomas Jefferson is elected President.
  • Thomas Jefferson: Now that the election is over, the Democratic-Republicans shall dominate the government!
  • James Madison: Oh that John Adams still wants Marbury as Justice of the Peace for the District of Columbia? I think we should change that bad decision...
  • (After James Madison, Secretary of State refuses to accept Marbury as JP)
  • William Marbury: How dare that James Madison refuse me, I shall take this to court!
  • John Marshall: After much thinking, it seems that the Judicial Act of 1789 is unconstitutional as it gives power denied by the Constitution, so we shall not follow it
  • Yes, the Supreme Court has denied Marbury's petition, and now they've started using the idea of Judicial Review. This is interesting, as I've never seen the Supreme Court strike down a law.
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