Federalism Court Cases Project

Here are several cases that the Supreme Court decided that deal with Federalism.  For each case, click on the link and read through the case, and then answer the questions.  This assignment is due at the end of the period.

Marbury v. Madison – 1803
Was Marbury entitled to his appointment to the federal bench? Was his lawsuit the correct way to get it? And, was the Supreme Court the place for Marbury to get the relief he requested?

McCulloch v. Maryland – 1819
The case presented two questions: Did Congress have the authority to establish the Bank of the United States? Did the Maryland law unconstitutionally interfere with congressional powers?

Gibbons v. Ogden – 1824
Did the State of New York exercise authority in a realm reserved exclusively to Congress, namely, the regulation of interstate commerce?

United States v. Nixon1974
Is the President’s right to safeguard certain information, using his “executive privilege” confidentiality power, entirely immune from judicial review?

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