Marybury v. Madison Story Board-Holly Pantalone

Marybury v. Madison Story Board-Holly Pantalone

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  •  The District of Columbia's commissions were approved by the Senate, signed by the president, and affixed with the official seal of the government.
  • After President Jefferson assumed office March 5, 1801 he ordered James Madison to not deliver the commissions. The commissions were not delivered. 
  • William Marbury petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of mandamus.  
  • The Chief Justice ruled that the Court could not grant the writ because Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789. 
  • Marbury was denied his commission-which presumably pleased Jefferson. 
  • The Court began its ascent as an equal branch of government- equal in power to the Congress and the president. 
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