Current Event-Supreme Court

On March 18, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

You are to find a current event that deals with the Supreme Court.  It could be a current case that you find interesting.  It could be something about the justices, or a case that is on the docket for later this year. Use the form provided to complete the assignment.  A word version is included to be completed and emailed or a pdf version to print and turn in.

Current Event-PDF

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Supreme Court Reading

On March 18, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the following questions.

Marbury v Madison

1. Chief Justice Marshall recognized that all three branches of the government take oaths to uphold the Constitution. Why, then, did he feel that it is the responsibility of the courts to determine ultimately whether or not a law is unconstitutional when it is challenged in a case and controversy?
2. Why, according to Marshall, is the Constitution superior to any ordinary act of the legislature?

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Federalist #78

On March 18, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Please read Federalist #78 and answer the following the questions.

Federalist #78

  1. SUMMARIZE the reading. (3-4 sentences) 
  2. On what grounds does Hamilton argue that the judicial department of government is the least powerful branch of government? 
  3. Why do you suppose that Hamilton was so careful to point out the relative impotence of the judiciary? 
  4. What was Hamilton’s position regarding the power of the judiciary to declare void any legislative acts that were contrary to the Constitution? 
  5. Why does Hamilton consider the independence of the judiciary to be a vital component of constitutional government? 
  6. What arguments does Hamilton use to support life tenure for judges? 
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