Marbury versus Madison

A case decided by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall in 1803. The Court declared unanimously that a certain law passed by Congress should not be enforced, because the law was opposed to the Constitution. Marbury versus Madison established the principle of “judicial review” — that the Supreme Court has the power to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional.

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