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constitution, they would be deemed unconstitutional. This creates a balanced system for all the branches of the government. This way that not part of the government has more power than the other parts of the government. The quote from Thomas Jefferson to W.C. Jarvis saying “it is a very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate authority of all constitutional questions” would seem like Jefferson was concerned about the Supreme Courts decision to have a judicial review on laws. Judges are appointed just like the president is appointed to the position that they hold. So for any of the judges or the president alone to have the ultimate authority on questions regarding the
Marbury V. Madison 4constitution would be a large mistake. None of the appointed officials would know everything about the constitution unless they were the ones who created it and wrote it for everyone else to follow. I believe what Jefferson was saying is that no one authority whether it is himself of the judges should have complete say on questions regarding the constitution. Since the judges do come from both political parties they would have opposing opinions on what would be the best interpretation of what the constitution was saying regarding any questions that arise in court. I believe that Jefferson meant that all parties should be gathered together in order to make the mostinformed decision on questions that may face judges regarding the constitution. If all parties work together then all thoughts will be heard and taken into consideration. I do believe that Chief Justice John Marshall’s claim to judicial review constituted a usurpation of power. I do not think that he intended the outcome of the Marbury V. Madison caseto create a power like it eventually did. I do also believe that once the Judicial branch and judges