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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Legal Briefs

Volume 4 . Chapter 12

Charles Evans Hughes, a former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, once remarked that "we are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is." These words reflect the holding of the Supreme Court's 1803 decision of Marbury v. Madison, in which the Court ruled that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, that any act of government in conflict with the Constitution is void, and that the federal judges are entrusted with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution. Since the United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the federal judicial system, its pronouncements have the ultimate authority. An interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court becomes the supreme law of the ...

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