How John Marshall Vindicated the Federalists

How John Marshall Vindicated the Federalists
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In the Supreme Court, precedents loom large—and so do predecessors. In the court's august hallways and rooms can be seen portraits of eminent justices from the past. Chief Justice John Roberts is particularly mindful of their watchful eyes, as he observed in a 2007 speech. “In the places of honor,” he said, referring to one of the court's conference rooms, “are John Jay, the first chief justice, and John Marshall, the greatest.” He added: “As they are looking down upon me, I am looking up to them.”



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