Martin v. Hunter's Lessee (1816) - Chloe Stiles and Grecia Hernandez

Martin v. Hunter's Lessee (1816) - Chloe Stiles and Grecia Hernandez

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  • Upon my death, I leave Denny Martin my Virginia estate.
  • Denny Martin
  • Thank you, Uncle F, for this beautiful and vast land!!
  • Lord Fairfax
  • Hold up, according to Virginia, this land belongs to me - all 800 acres of it!
  • David Hunter
  • I'm taking this to court to settle it once and for all!
  • This land is rightfully mine under the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain in 1783!
  • Virginia is a sovereign state! The Supreme Court cannot impose on state courts! Section 25 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
  • The Court has ruled unanimously (6 - 0) in favor of Denny Martin.
  • The court rules in favor of Martin because the Supremacy Clause (Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the US Constitution) states that "in all other cases before mentioned the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction," and that the federal interpretation trumps the states' interpretation.
  • The 1816 case of Martin v. Hunter's Lessee established the supremacy of federal courts over state courts.
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