If Marbury was right, then why didn't he get the writ? This lesson explores the case that established the power the Supreme Court has today. Students will learn how the decision in Marbury v. Madison influenced the structure of the third branch, and how the Court's use of judicial review can be interpreted as activism or restraint. 

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  • Identify judicial review as a power of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Explain the origin and function of judicial review
  • Recognize how judicial review impacts checks and balances
  • Emphasize how the courts have used judicial review to interpret the Constitution and extend its protections


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