Marbury v. Madison

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Marbury v. Madison

This historic court case established the concept of Judicial Review or the ability of the Judiciary Branch to declare a law unconstitutional. This case brought the Judicial Branch of the government on a more even power basis with the Legislative and Executive Branches


case to apply the principle of "judicial review" -- the power of federal courts to void acts of Congress in conflict with the Constitution.

Lasting Impact

At the very end of his term, President John Adams had made many federal appointments, including William Marbury as justice of the peace in the District of Columbia. Thomas Jefferson, the new president, refused to recognize the appointment of Marbury.

Marbury V. Madison


The Cause

Marbury v. Madison, (1803) established the right of judicial review, allowing the Supreme Court to review and overturn unconstitutional acts


Jefferson stopped the delivery of paperwork for new appointments to the supreme court made by adams

Who v. Who

Democratic-Republican Thomas Jefferson defeated Federalist John Adams

Federalist-controlled 6th Congress were still in power.



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