Wednesday, February 24, 2010

On This Date...

In 1803, the US Supreme Court decided Marbury v. Madison, which firmly established the authority of the Supreme Court to exercise judicial review of legislative and executive branch actions, making the Court the final arbiter of the Constitution, capable of overturning decisions of the more democratic branches of government.  Those of you who have read previous postings of mine comparing government institutions in the UK and US know that I harbor serious doubts about the social value of constitutional judicial review. But, love it or hate it, Justice Marshall's decision in Marbury made it a keystone institution in our system of government.

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