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In 1800 President John Adams lost his bid for re-election Thomas Jefferson wasvoted in for the president Adams being a Federalist disagreed with the beliefs ofJefferson a republican and feared that he would shift the power in the government to thestates To prevent this Adams created many new judicial posts and filled them withFederalists He did this in quite a rush being he was going to be out of office soon Allthe appointments were given to his Secretary of State to be sealed and delivered Secretary of State Marshall completed all the documents except for the ones for theappointments for the District of Columbia He assumed the next Secretary of State wouldcomplete them When Jefferson found out about this he was mad He order the newSecretary of State James Madison not to deliver the final appointments to the selectedjudges One of the judges that didnt get his promised appointment was WilliamMarbury Marbury decided to take action in court Marburys argument was supportedby Section 13 of the Judiciary Act This stated the courts could force an official toperform an official duty This is called a writ of mandamus Marbury took this claim tothe Supreme Court The Justice of the Supreme Court is now James Marshall Adamsold Secretary of State If he issued the writ Madison would ignore it and the court wouldbe perceived as powerless If he didnt issue it people would think he was a traitor to hisFederalist party On February 24 1803 a decision was rendered It stated that Marburywas entitled to his appointment and that a court could issue a writ of madamus He thenwent on to say that Section 13 was contrary to Article III of the Constitution which saidthat the Supreme Court had no original jurisdiction in the case So a lesser court couldThis cases importance isnt that William Marbury got his appointment as a judgein DC but that the Supreme court had the right to declare laws and acts unconstitutional
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