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February 24, 1803
Marbury v. Madison (1803) is a legal case in which the U.S. Supreme Court established the principle of judicial review in the United States. As one of his final Presidential acts, John Adams appointed William Marbury as a Justice of the Peace in Washington, DC. Thomas Jefferson, the newly elected President directed his Secretary of State, James Madison to withhold delivery. In late 1801, Marbury petitioned the Court for a writ of mandamus to compel Madison to deliver the commission. The Court, under Chief Justice John Marshall, examined the case in 1803.
Marbury v. Madison case became the most important decision in American constitutional law. Nowadays, the federal courts’ authority is undisputed, thanks to Marbury v. Madison.
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