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The American Constitutional Experience: Stress and Strain Among the Three Branches of Government

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By The Hon. William Renquist. Published 2000. ISBN 9780718716134


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William H. Rehnquist talks about the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court in its power to exercise 'judicial review' in the third James Bryce Lecture on the American Commonwealth. He contextualizes the debate around the Court's seminal decision in the 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison, which gave the federal courts the power to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional. He discusses the tensions it has caused with the executive and legislative branches of government and the public attention paid to the appointments of those who will sit on the Court.