Marbury v. Madison, Document F: Sections of Article III of the United States Constitution (1789)
This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should be used to address the question: “Argue whether or not the Supreme Court should have the power to overturn unconstitutional federal laws.”
Check out our previous posts for Document A, an excerpt from the Anti-Federalist Papers; Document B, Document C, and Document D, excerpts from Federalist no. 78; and Document E, an excerpt from Federalist no. 81.
Sections of Article III of the United States Constitution (1789)
Section 1. The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish….
Section 2: The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority… both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.
>What is the Supreme Court’s power?
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