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From howstuffworks.com (Approved: freealan)
 
This short video reviews the Marbury vs. Madison case. At the time of the case, James Madison was the Secretary of State. Another man named William Marbury was one of the midnight judges appointed by John Adams in his final days as the president. Marbury needed commission in order to start work as a judge, but Madison refused to grant the document, and then the U.S Supreme Court got involved. The Court ruled that the law that the law under which Marbury's commission was authorized should be overturned because it permitted powers that violated the Constitution. By declaring the law unconstitutional for the first time in history, the Court had excercised one of the basic checks and balances that were built into the Constitution. Because of that case, the Judicial branch had thrown out a law and acted by Congress. This was the start of Judicial Review. A  good video for students being introduced into this concept.
 
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