Hey you! You're not allowed to do that here. Selling lottery tickets in Virginia is illegal!
The court's final ruling is that the Cohen brothers are guilty and must pay $100 because it is illegal for lottery tickets to be sold in Virginia.
Virginia State Court
The Cohen Brothers
This is so unfair! Our actions are protected by the Act of Congress authorizing the D.C. lottery. We need to appeal to the Supreme Court!
Virginia State Government
This isn't fair at all. The Supreme Court shouldn't have jurisdiction over this state case. We are allowed to make our own laws!
The Supreme Court
I, John Marshall, have ruled that the Supreme Court can review state rulings when Constitutional rights are in question, however, we do find the Cohen brothers guilty.
This Supreme Court decision in Cohens v. Virginia is significant for the court's assertion of its jurisdiction over state court decisions when the defendant claims their Constitutional rights have been violated. This decision helped to establish the power of not only the Supreme Court but the federal government over the states, similar to the modern government.