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  • James Madison
  • Marbury V. Madison 1803
  • John Marshall
  • william Marbury
  • john Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Mr. Marbury, congrats! I am making you Justice of Peace!
  • This is amazing, I promise I will do great.
  • Thank you, by the way the appointees were approved by the Senate, but they weren't valid until their commissions were delivered by you. 
  • Congrats, I heard that you defeated John Adams in the 1800 presidential election. 
  • Thomas Jefferson defeated John Adams in the 1800 presidential election. Before Jefferson took office on March 4, 1801, Adams and Congress passed the Judiciary Act 1801, which created new courts, added judges, and gave the president more control over appointment of judges. William Marbury had been appointed Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia, but his commission was not delivered. Marbury petitioned the Supreme Court to compel the new Secretary of State, James Madison, to deliver the documents. 
  • Do the plaintiffs have a right to receive their commissions? Can they sue for their commissions in court? Does the Supreme Court have the authority to order the delivery of their commissions?
  • The Court found that Madison’s refusal to deliver the commission was illegal, but did not order Madison to hand over Marbury’s commission via writ of mandamus. Instead, the Court held that the provision of the Judiciary Act of 1789 enabling Marbury to bring his claim to the Supreme Court was itself unconstitutional, since it purported to extend the Court’s original jurisdiction
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