Marbury v. Madison (Wills)

Marbury v. Madison (Wills)

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  • William Marbury sends in a petition saying he was lawfully appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by former President, John Adams. James Madison, a representative of Thomas Jefferson, reads the letter, and agrees with Mr.Jefferson on the fact that Marbury shouldn't be paid.
  • Marbury wants his commission!? But Jefferson and I never delivered his letter! He doesn't have the job!
  • The case ends up in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Marshall starts off the hearing by answering 3 questions essential to the case: "Did Marbury have the writ for which he petitioned?" "Was Marbury allowed such a writ by the laws of the U.S.?" and "Could the Supreme Court issue such a writ?" 
  • Chief Justice Marshall answers his own questions by stating that Marbury had been lawfully appointed to the court by Mr.Adams, and had a complete right to the writ .
  • YES!!
  • Unfortunately, the court cannot grant Mr.Marbury his writ.  As a result, he shall not be granted his commission. Case closed.
  • As a result of the case, the Supreme Court became known as the Judicial branch, officially becoming an equal branch of government!
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  • Additionally, the Supreme Court officially became the final interpreter of all laws and has Judicial Review.
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