Do you remember writing about what the United States would be like without one of the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
This time, you will write about the power of the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice to review the acts of Congress. This concept is known as the power of Judicial
Review which was set into motion with the Marbury vs. Madison case. Read the case of Marbury v Madison We learned that Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that established the principle of judicial review in the United States. This
process set into place the extended power of the American courts when it gave them the power to strike down laws and statutes that they find violate the Constitution of the United States. Your task is to: Identify an act of Congress that you believe the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice should have struck down (meaning this act passed and is law)?
Briefly tell why you think this law should have been struck down by the Court?
Or, you may take the opposite position and write in support of an act that was struck down. Briefly describe why you believe the Court was wrong to strike this law down. For example, the U.S. Congress ultimately acted to abolish segregation, abortion, and slavery. Where would we
be as a nation if the Court had found fit to strike down these acts?
Make sure to use the existing Amendments to the Constitution to support your contention. Make sure to check your assignment for spelling errors. You do not want to lose points unnecessarily so.
You can also view a video of Marbury v Madison which may clarify some of the issues. Look at this assignment as a way to review the development of the Constitution which in a sense is an exploration of power.