Saturday, March 23, 2019

Fact of the Day: Marbury v Madison

Marbury v. Madison was a Supreme Court decision in the year 1803. It started when John Adams lost re-election and appointed federal judges to be a thorn in the side of the incoming president Thomas Jefferson. One of Adams' picks was enraged when Jefferson tried to deny him the role of judge because the Senate too long to confirm him in time. The Supreme Court ruled that courts had the power to strike down laws, statues, and government acts that contradicted the United States Constitution. This decision is almost universally considered to be the court's greatest case.  

7 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds rather underhanded too

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The Constitution is supreme and the courts are the arbiters of it.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Joanne Noragon said...

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Kirk said...

Ironically, Marbury never did get his judgeship, because though the Supreme Court ruled that he had a right to the judgeship, the Constitution did not give the Court the power to enforce their own ruling!

Martha said...

That is an interesting piece of history.

Fundy Blue said...

The political power games continue!