Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 24, 1803: Marbury v. Madison Decided

On this date, Chief Justice John Marshall handed down the decision that confirmed the doctrine of judicial review. As I read James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention, I find that the deputies in 1787 accepted judicial review; Marshall only confirmed it.

 I remember my law school Con Law professor telling us that he could teach a whole course on Marbury. I also remember how hard a time I, a 1L student, had in understanding the opinion.

Compliments of Jurist.Org, here are links to materials on the decision:

Watch an explanatory video featuring Professor Joel Grossman, a constitutional scholar in the Johns Hopkins University Political Science Department. Learn more about Marbury v. Madison from the James Madison Center at Virginia's James Madison University.


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