Marbury v. Madison

Marbury v. Madison

We talk about the “checks and balances” in our system of government, yet those words are not in the Constitution. This forum asks you to examine the Supreme Court’s role in balancing the power of the other branches of government.

1.) What is the Supreme Court’s “check” on the other branches of government? From where does this power come? Please discuss the relevant cases, providing a summary of the facts and an explanation of the Court’s decision. WHY does the Court say they have this power?

2.) Give details of a recent use of this power by the Court.

3.) In your opinion, does the Court abuse this power?

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