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Marbury v Madison
Updated: 1/31/2020
Marbury v Madison
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  • Judicial Review is an idea stating that the constitution can overrule the supreme court's powers.
  • In the Election of 1800, Jefferson beat out Adams for United States President
  • Adams decided to make one last move before he left. He appointed a bunch of his Federalist friends to the Supreme Court. The Senate approved and they became the new judges.
  • Secretary Madison, as the president I command you to stop the commission letters that appoint the new judges from arriving.
  • Yes sir, I can do that!
  • I am William Marbury. I am supposed to be sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice! Mr. James Madison stole my commission and now I can't become I justice. I demand a court order. Madison should give me my letter!
  • Mr. Marbury. I agree that your wrong should be righted. However, I don't have the power to make Madison give you the commission. We, as the Supreme court have powers the constitution said we shouldn't have. The constitution is the supreme law.
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