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  • Passing of the Judiciary Act
  • John Adams
  • I want to increase the number of judges 
  • William Marbury
  • Give me the comissions or I will sue 
  • Jefferson said no
  • James Madison
  • Ignore the order
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • The court has issued a writ of mandamus, you must deliver the comissions
  • Rule of Law says you must obey the law
  • James Madison
  • John Marshall
  • We can't even hear this case, the constitution says
  •  So the judiciary act is unconstitutional, but who is allowed to declare that?
  • James Madison
  • The Judges are allowed to! We shall call this power Judicial Review
  • John Marshall
  • Marbury still can't get his comissions as they depended on the Judiciary Act, but the court is now more powerful.
  • James Madison
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