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Marbury v Madison - Story Behind the Famous Case

How did the U.S. Supreme Court get the power of "judicial review?"  Who gave the Court the right to decide whether a law is constitutional?

Step back to the year 1801, when William Marbury filed a case - with the U.S. Supreme Court - demanding that he be given the right to serve as a Justice of the Peace.

Then ... step back to the year 1803, when Chief Justice John Marshall (and his fellow U.S. Supreme Court justices) declared that Marbury did not have the right to file his case with the Supreme Court (even though a law, passed by Congress, said he could).

This re-enactment of the events - narrated by E.G. Marshall - will help to explain the famous case of Marbury v Madison (and the concept of "judicial review").


Media Credits

E.G. Marshall narrates this dramatization (and recreation) of the story behind Marbury v Madison.  Produced by the 1977 Judicial Conference of the United States (with WQED Pittsburgh).  Online, courtesy FedFlix at Archive.org.

 

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