Friday, November 9, 2007

Classic Case--Marbury v. Madison

There are certain cases that transcend the legal community--Roe v. Wade, Arizona v. Miranda, etc. You've heard people talk about them on the political talk shoes and the Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order DDS, etc.

But what do you really know about these cases and their impact on greater society?

Sit back and get ready to learn everything you need to know about Marbury v. Madison.




This case is so widely noted and cited because it set several precedents. It is widely discussed how this case set the paradigm for Supreme Court review of the actions of the Legislative and Exucutive branches, but this case also gave the legal world many other "firsts."

For instance, consider the role of Shauna Marbury.



In her testimony to The Court, Shaunna was the first person to ever use the phrase "My baby's Daddy" in front of a Justice. Thus a fine and proud legal tradition continues, radiating down from the Highest Court of the Land, all the way to Judge Brown.

Also, while questioning counsel for Marbury, counsel for Madison interjected, "Ah, but William Marbury is a Freemason and of low moral fiber!"




Justice Marshall, who is the great grandfather of Judge Judy, responded with another courtroom first: "Oh no you dian't! You did not just inturrupt me! Oh, please tell me you did not just interrupt me! Don't you talk when I'm talkin. When I want you to talk I will tell you to talk." (Justices Cushing and Moore descented on grounds that "dian't" wasn't a word.)


1 comment:

Brian Holdaway said...

I have to say that this is perhaps the most useful discussion of the history of law I have ever read. And it was so concise!