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Marbury V. Madison

Thursday, April 09, 2009

In their book The Great Decision, former Supreme Court Clerk Cliff Sloan and veteran political aid David McKean, look at how the landmark Supreme Court Case Marbury V. Madison changed the course of American democracy.

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Cliff Sloan

Comments [3]

JC from Minneapolis

Hmm...my comment didn't appear...so I'll try again....

Does your guest think that Marbury v. Madison's idea of judicial review gives the courts absolute power?

For example, is there any recourse if a state bans women from voting, but the Supreme Court disregards the Constitution and upholds the law?

Apr. 09 2009 12:51 PM
J.C. from Minneapolis

I'm jumping the gun a bit, but I would like to pose the following questions on this topic:

Does the power to declare laws unconstitutional mean that our courts have absolute power? For example, what if a state bans women from voting and the Supreme Court upholds it (in other words, what if you have a constitutional amendment that the Supreme Court blatantly ignores)?

Also, do the guests give any credence to the idea that all 3 branches of gov't can interpret the Constitution?

Apr. 09 2009 12:26 PM
Tony from San Jose, CA

One of the most interesting cases there is. Bootstrapping judicial review onto the SCOTUS. Look forward to that discussion.

Apr. 09 2009 10:48 AM

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