2 The Greatest Case in the History of American Jurisprudence Today’s Lecture:The Greatest Case in the History of American JurisprudenceMarbury v. MadisonJudicial Review
3 Lecture Organization: Class AnnouncementsJudiciary Act of 1789Midnight JudgesMarbury v. MadisonJudicial Review in the New RepublicTime
4 Class Announcements Next Quiz -- Postponed Until This Friday TimeClass AnnouncementsNext Quiz-- Postponed Until This Friday-- Deadline to submit questions is today-- Expect a large quiz; it is the last one before your examNext CasesQuestions?-- Eakin v. Raub; Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee(can only brief one)(Eakin is only a dissent; just summarize it)
5 Washington Administration The Judiciary Act of 1789Washington Administration-- Judiciary Act of 1789 created lower levels of the federal judiciary(Spider’s legs)Diagram …
6 Today’s Court System Supreme Court Final Appeal “Circuit Courts” Discretionary ReviewFinal Appeal“Circuit Courts”Automatic Right of AppealFirst AppealFelony Trials Bigger Civil CasesDistrict Courts“General Trial Court”Specialized CourtsMisdemeanors Smaller civil cases Criminal-procedural Issues“Petty Courts”Magistrate CourtsBankruptcy Court4/14/2017Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007
7 Where is a felony case tried? 1789 ActSupreme CourtAppealsSupreme Court Justices are sitting in both trial and appellate capacity!“Circuit Courts”No Circuit Judges yet; Justices are “riding circuit”Major TrialsDistrict CourtsPetty crimes Minor civil cases Admiralty cases Forfeiture cases“Petty/Specialized Courts”Question:Where is a felony case tried?4/14/2017Copyright, Sean Wilson. 2007
8 Debate and controversy The Judiciary Act of 1789Debate and controversy-- The Act created much debate in Congress-- The institution looked like aristocratic or monarchical.Compare:Palantine Court8 Lord proprietorsGeneral CourtSupreme Court and a Senate-- Historically, courts were creatures of the King. Royal Governors had control over appointing court members in many colonies-- Now, you have a Supreme Court that is planting roots in Virginia and other distant places, claiming to be judges of “law”
9 Basic Grants of Jurisdiction The Judiciary Act of 1789Basic Grants of Jurisdiction-- The Act created courts with specific jurisdiction:Circuit Courts had appellate jurisdiction over district courts; trial jurisdiction in diversity cases and more important criminal cases etcSupreme Court had appellate jurisdiction in all major civil cases, in appeals from state courts involving federal questions, etc.
10 The Judiciary Act of 1789 Writs of Mandamus TimeThe Judiciary Act of 1789Writs of Mandamus-- Semantics of “mandamus:”man = “The hand.” (emancipate; manual labor)Literally, “Move the hand”-- order directing someone to do something(examples.)-- similar kinds of relief: an injunction, writ of prohibition, a restraining order
11 The Midnight Judges The Election of 1800 -- Jefferson ascends America’s first political realignmentAgrarian ideology becomes hegemonicFederalist party will eventually die out(The days of governance by federalist elites like Washington, Hamilton & Adams are gone)-- First election in American history where the party in power hands over power to its opposition (very important for democracy)
12 The Midnight Judges Judiciary Act of 1801 History -- Defeated in the other two organs of government, Federalists, on the way out of office, try and retreat into the Judicial Branch-- The new administration takes power on March 4th, 1801-- In January, they pass the Judiciary Act of 1801-- The stated purpose of the bill was to “relieve justices from circuit riding”
13 The Midnight Judges Judiciary Act of 1801 What it does -- Reduced the number of justices from 6 to 5, but only after the next vacancy, so Jefferson would not have an appointment.-- Added 26 judges to the lower federal courts (circuit and district courts), whose dockets were becoming increasingly crowded-- Added 45 Justices of the Peace in Washington D.C.! (D.C. had just been created).(didn’t need this many; Federalists were trying to reward and protect their people).
14 Appointment Procedure The Midnight JudgesJudiciary Act of 1801Appointment Procedure-- Adams had to nominate, Senate confirm-- The last step is the placing of the seal on the commissions by the secretary of state, and then the delivery
15 The Midnight Judges Judiciary Act of 1801 The Delay -- Adams and the Senate took so long getting the people confirmed that a large stack of commissions did not reach the secretary of state’s office until late on March 3rd, hours before Jefferson takes officeJohn Marshall is the Secretary of State; but he is also a Supreme Court justice
16 The Midnight Judges Judiciary Act of 1801 Marshall’s Dual Role -- Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth had resigned in October-- Adams appointed John Jay to replace him, but Jay declined (he returned the commission after 5 days)-- So Adams is placed under pressure to nominate William Patterson of New Jersey.-- Patterson wanted the job, but he was an ally of Hamilton, who Adams hated, so he was out.
17 The Midnight Judges Judiciary Act of 1801 Marshall’s Dual Role -- He then picked John Marshall of Virginia, who was confirmed in January of 1801 without dissent.-- Marshall was already Secretary of State and didn’t feel the need to resign in the last two months(Side note: Marshall had served with Washington at Valley Forge)
18 The Midnight Judges Jefferson Takes Over -- The deadline comes, and Jefferson takes over(The story of Jefferson’s watch)Jefferson’s watch --Jefferson's attorney general came into Marshall's office an hour before the deadline had expired, holding a watch, and told Marshall, who was stamping commissions, that "Mr. Marshall, your term has expired." Marshall then got up from his desk and left without the remainder of the commissions being stamped. The watch that the attorney general is said to have in his hand was Jefferson's watch.[Note: historians are uncertain of this]
19 The Midnight Judges Jefferson Takes Over -- 42 commissions remain sealed but not delivered when Jefferson assumes power.-- Jefferson appoints Madison as Secretary of State-- He tells Madison to delver 25 of the commissions, leaving 17 judges unable to take their offices.Imagery-- imagine a supreme court justice going through the confirmation hearing, winning, and then the executive branch refusing to forwarded paperwork
20 The Midnight Judges Jefferson Takes Over -- Of the 17 that did not receive their commissions, only 4, including William Marbury, took their claims to the Supreme Court.-- They sought a “Writ of Mandamus” to force the hand of Jefferson (Make him turn over the commissions).
21 Jefferson Strikes Back The Midnight JudgesJefferson Strikes Back-- His party alters the date of the Court’s termin effect, making the Court unable to hear the case until-- They pass the Judiciary Act of 1802.-- rescinds the 1801 Act. (riding circuit again).-- Madison doesn’t even show up for the Court hearing
22 Who should win this case (not who does, who SHOULD)? Question: CUTMarbury v. MadisonImportant Questions-- Having just set for the facts, it is time for some important questions:Question:Let’s say I want to get an injunction or a restraining order. These are basically the same kind of thing. How do I get this? What do I have to do?Question:How does one get a Mandamus? Let’s say I want to get one of these things, what do I have to do, legally?Question:Who should win this case (not who does, who SHOULD)?Question:What is the central issue in the case?
23 Marbury v. Madison The Trial -- The Supreme Court conducts a trial in the case:The Trial --Two government employees (clerks) were subpoenaed into Court to give testimony. They actually conducted a trial. Madison refused to appear in front of the Court and refused to have himself represented.
24 Marbury v. Madison The Constitution Says -- Article III of the Constitution addresses the Court’s jurisdiction and power. …
25 “With such exceptions” The Constitution --“The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”“The judicial power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority.”“In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make”The Constitution --“The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. …”“The judicial power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority. ...”“In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make”“With such exceptions”Congress isn’t trying to take away appellate jurisdiction here; it is (apparently) trying to give the Court the ability to issue a trial remedy in any ordinary, Plain Jane lawsuit“Original Jurisdiction”This case does not involve original jurisdiction. The parties are Marbury and Madison, not Marbury v. the State of Virginia. (Also, the 11th Amendment does not allow the Court to hear cases between a state and a citizen)
26 The historic syllogism Marbury v. MadisonMarshall’s solution-- After considering the case, Marshall reaches his decisionQuestion:What does he decide?Question:What does he base his decision upon? How does he come to his conclusion?Answer:The historic syllogism
27 Tremendous Conclusion Hercules and the Syllogism1. The Constitution is supreme law;2. It is more important than a mere statute;3. Courts are asked to interpret laws;4. We can’t do this if we ignore the supreme law.5. Therefore, we are the ones who interpret the Constitution.Starting pointKey premise!Functional LogicTrue by LogicTremendous Conclusion
28 Is Marshall right? Was the decision correct? Marbury v. MadisonUpon Further Review-- Marshall’s decision basically says that Marbury is in the wrong Court-- It not only says that, it says that even if the Congress had not yet created trial courts, Marbury is still in the wrong court-- Marbury therefore loses based upon a legalityQuestion:When you make this judgment, what does you mind “look upon?” What are you consulting to say it?Question:Is Marshall right? Was the decision correct?
29 Did Marshall’s politics or ideology decide the case? Question: Marbury v. MadisonThe Politics of Law-- Obviously, Jefferson would not have enforced the ruling were it otherwise-- Obviously, the decision strengthened federal governance and federal institutions. In a way, Marshall chose to lose a battle in order to win a war.-- so who was the author of the decision – Machiavelli or Solomon?Question:Is it possible for a court decision to be “correct” and for politics or ideology to still cause it? If so, who cares?Question:Did Marshall’s politics or ideology decide the case?Question:Was Marshall able to rule the other way if he wanted?
30 Marbury v. Madison Politics? Justification? High Politics TimeMarbury v. MadisonThe Politics of Law-- something helpful:Politics?Justification?High PoliticsHigh JustificationPolitics?Justification?
31 Judicial Review in the New Republic The Ghost Debate-- We want to examine the historical question: was judicial review part of the American Constitutional program?-- I think the evidence is quite strong in favor of Marbury being correct, but there are a strange group of bedfellows who tend to resist the conclusionExtreme right wingersPeople who think far too much of JeffersonLeft Wing Law ProfessorsWant more left-wing policies-- The idea is that the Court is a conservative institution. If someone else had this power –- e.g., Congress, a bureaucracy –- it might be easier to obtain certain kinds of social policy“Judicial Supremacy,” not judicial review
32 Judicial Review in the New Republic Arguments in Favor of Judicial ReviewEnglish Common Law -- Bonham’s CaseOtis & the Writs of Assistance Cases in Colonial America– 8 of 13 colonies specifically put judicial review in their constitutions.-- A total of 8 acts of state legislatures were struck down.More than half of the delegates approved of the practice.(Historically factual)
33 Judicial Review in the New Republic Arguments in Favor of Judicial ReviewThis was not even the first case in American legal history to use the power of judicial review – the first case was:Hylton v. United States (1796)Washington administrationFederalists had taxed carriages (1793)Jeffersonians argued in Court that the tax was unconstitutionalThe Court decided it was not.(mention the politics involved.)
34 Judicial Review in the New Republic Arguments in Favor of Judicial ReviewThe strongest argument, however, is structural -- a parliamentary system was rejected at the Constitution.-- the statute cannot be the highest form of legality-- the Congress doesn’t exercise the judicial function(hence, it cannot “judge” legality; that is another branch’s job)
35 Judicial Review in the New Republic Arguments in Favor of Judicial ReviewHamilton in 78 – “It is a Constitutional System”… It is far more rational to suppose, that the courts were designed to … keep the [legislature] … within the limits assigned to their authority. The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents.Alexander Hamilton in Federalist #78Hamilton in 78 – “uh, read the document (duh)”If it be said that the legislative body are themselves the constitutional judges of their own powers, and that the construction they put upon them is conclusive upon the other departments, it may be answered, that this cannot be the natural presumption, where it is not to be collected from any particular provisions in the Constitution.
36 Judicial Review in the New Republic Arguments Against Judicial ReviewBonham Itself an aberration and/or rarely undertakenWhenever the power was exercised, the people complainedCouncil of Revision was rejected by the framersIt isn’t written in the constitutionNew institutions!confused –Veto power is not the same as the power to read legal wordsCouncil of Revision was a confused way to pluralize an executive power (King’s veto)Problematic – who has the power then, and where is that written?
37 Judicial Review in the New Republic Arguments Against Judicial Review“argument from Machiavelli”-- Marshall strategically invented a ghost issue-- If he had really thought the parties were in the wrong court, he should have dismissed the case for want of jurisdiction, having nothing to declare unconstitutional(putting the blame on the parties, not the Congress)
38 Judicial Review in the New Republic A nice try, but:1. American legal culture in in 1800 did not understand it this way. People did not say, “Hey Marbury’s stupid attorney is in the wrong Court. Everyone knows that you have to file this in the trial court first. Wonder who taught him how to practice law?”2. Also keep in mind that mandamus may not have been authorized in the lower courts yet (explain why). Marbury may have had no where else to go to seek the relief. Hence, it was sincere.3. Keep in mind that the Court actually held a trial, not merely oral argument. This shows that American legal culture had thought that Congress had given this power to the Supreme Court. No one is saying the trial was a rouge.Arguments Against Judicial Review“argument from Machiavelli”-- Marshall strategically invented a ghost issue-- If he had really thought the parties were in the wrong court, he should have dismissed the case for want of jurisdiction, having nothing to declare unconstitutional(putting the blame on the parties, not the Congress)
39 Judicial Review in the New Republic TimeJudicial Review in the New RepublicArguments Against Judicial Review“original Congress argument”-- The first Congress was composed to a large extent of the same people who were delegates to the constitutional convention-- They would know what is constitutional or not.1. The fallacy of idolatry.2. Even if they would have thought a trial in the Court was constitutional, they would be wrong no matter if they were delegates to the convention (text v. intention)3. Even if they didn’t mean for a trial to be held there, legal culture sure thought that was a right that could be pursued in the statute