February 24, 2009
Happy Birthday Marbury v. Madison
NEWSWEEK has a birthday card of sorts to Marbury v. Madison; it begins:
Tuesday, Feb. 24, is the 206th anniversary of Marbury v. Madison, the most important decision the Supreme Court—and perhaps any court—has ever issued. The late chief justice William Rehnquist hailed it as "the most significant single contribution the United States has made to the art of government"; nations around the world look to Marbury as they work to create institutions that will protect the rule of law. As the United States thinks anew about its commitment to these rules, it would serve us well to draw on the wisdom of this landmark decision.
Also from the Newsweek site is an image of "remnants of a court order served to Madison in 1802, from the National Archive."
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