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[the princess of the paupers.] ([personal profile] lookslikelove) wrote2008-10-02 01:14 am

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The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Marbury v. Madison (1803):
Essentially it created Judicial Review, and established that the Supreme Court's jurisdiction could not be expanded without permission from Congress. In a nutshell: before this was hammered out, the Supreme Court could check-and-balance out Congress and the President, but no one was really holding court over whether or not they were being Constitutional. This ruling established that it was within the power of the Supreme Court to strike down acts of Congress that were unconsitutional. All of this was brought to you by William Marbury, who was one of the infamous Midnight Judges appointed by John Adams.

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