Cohens V. Virginia

Cohens V. Virginia
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  • Would you like some lottery tickets?
  • No thanks, I don't want your lottery tickets
  • Actually, we can because in D.C they legalized it
  • You can't sell those here  you both are under arrest
  • That was in D.C this is Virginia
  • But the lottery tickets are from D.C
  • wow i can't believe I'm getting arrested
  • I don't care, you are still under arrest
  • The Cohen brothers attempt to sell lottery tickets in Virginia.
  • I don't think that is true.
  • We found both of you guilty of selling illegal lottery tickets.
  • The brothers get arrested for selling the lottery tickets. It was still illegal in Virginia to sell lottery tickets.
  • I'm pretty sure we are. I mean we said it.
  • I don't think that Virginia is the arbiters of disputes.
  • Continuation of the last part.
  • The Supreme Court has the authority to hear all cases that include constitutional questions. We also believe that the Virginia Supreme Court has the right to fine the Cohen brothers.
  • The brothers are taken to the Virginia Supreme court where they were convicted. The Virginia court claimed that they are the arbiters of disputes between the states and the Federal Government.
  • and Virginia is the arbiter of disputes between the Federal Government and the states.
  • The Supreme Court is reviewing Virginia court's ruling. The question in mind is: does the Supreme Court have the authority under the Constitution to review Virginia's courts ruling.
  • The Supreme Court came to a decision and declared that they had the authority to hear all cases that included anything about Constitutional questions. The Court concluded that Virginia was right to fine the Cohen brothers as it was a local matter.
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