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Marbury vs Madison established a legal precedent in the American judiciary system. True...

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lkballer24 | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:47 PM via web

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Marbury vs Madison established a legal precedent in the American judiciary system. True or False?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM (Answer #1)

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This statement is true.  This case did establish a very important precedent in the American legal system.  Before this case, it was not at all clear as to who would have the power to interpret the Constitution.  It was not clear whether the courts would get to decide what the Constitution meant.  In this case, the Court took that power.  They took the power of judicial review, which is the power to strike down laws made by Congress if those laws violate the Constitution.  This is one of the most important precedents in US legal history.

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