Marbury v. Madison
On this day in 1803, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Marbury v. Madison. Perhaps the most essential of the required AP Government Supreme Court cases, because it was the Court’s first exercise of judicial review to check the Congress. Don’t forget, the concept and practice of judicial review existed prior to the court’s ruling in Marbury. Indeed, the practice was discussed in the Federalist Papers. There’s no mention of “judicial review” in the U.S. Constitution. Chief Justice John Marshall (depicted above) wrote the opinion. For a summary on the case and holding, see Oyez.com.