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Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court

Marbury v. Madison

Use the Web sites below to research a recent Supreme Court decision involving judicial review of an act of Congress. Write a case summary in which you describe the law's purpose, the Court's ruling, and the potential impact of the decision.

James Madison: His Legacy madison/ center/ index.htm
Excellent site to help understand the complexity of the Marbury v. Madison Supreme Court case. Site offers an explanation and background information, an article on Marbury's travail, a brief biography of the plaintiff, William Marbury, and Secretary of State, James Madison.