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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Marbury v. Madison
Citation:Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137, 2 L.Ed. 60 (1803).
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William Marbury was appointed justice of the peace in the District of Columbia and was confirmed by the Senate in March 1801. His commission, however, went undelivered and remained in James Madison’s office as Thomas Jefferson and his administration took over. President Jefferson directed his Secretary of State, James Madison, to withhold the commission. Marbury sued, invoking the Court’s original jurisdiction seeking a writ of mandamus.
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