The Marbury Vs. Madison Case: A Landmark Supreme Court Case

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The Marbury vs Madison case was a landmark Supreme Court case that formed the basis of judicial review. William Marbury had been anointed justice of peace by John Adams at the end of his term as President. James Madison believed that he should not have been appointed justice of peace. Following this, Madison did not deliver Marbury’s commission which resulted in the Marbury vs Madison case. As acting Chief Justice John Marshall told Madison that what he had done was illegal, but since Marbury’s petition was out of jurisdiction Madison claimed it unconstitutional so the court could not order Madison to return the papers. During the Marbury vs Madison case many were able to identify unconstitutional issues regarding Marbury and his decisions.

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