Supreme Court Case
Updated: 1/9/2020
Supreme Court Case
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  • President John Adams
  • We need to appoint Marbury as justice of the peace before your term is over
  • James Madison
  • The Federalist are trying to exploit us. Do not deliver Marbury's commission papers.
  • President Thomas Jefferson
  • William Marbury
  • I demand for a writ of mandamus! Madison must deliver my commission papers
  • Based on three questions John Marshall decided the refusal to deliver the commission violated Marbury's right to the appointment, was entitled to some remedy under U.S. law, & whether he could apply for a writ.
  • John Marshall
  • I declare these acts unconstitutional
  • Marshall didn't give the Supreme Court permission to decide my case.
  • Judicial Review: the power of the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a law or decision by the legislative or executive branches of federal government, or any court or agency of the state governments is constitutional
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