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.
Thank you, Uncle F, for this beautiful and vast land!!
Hold up, according to Virginia, this land belongs to me - all 800 acres of it!
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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