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Which Chief Justice made the Judicial branch a co-equal partner with the Executive and Legislative branches?

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November 15, 2009 12:45AM

Chief Justice John Marshall, who served from 1801-1835, played a significant role in elevating the status and power of the Court through court rulings that directly checked the power of both branches of the federal government and reinforced the supremacy of federal law over state law.

Marshall is most often associated with the concept of judicial review, as illustrated in Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137 (1803).


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