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Lecture focuses on judicial power, Feb. 27

Political scientist Robert Lowry Clinton will examine the Supreme Court's power to interpret the Constitution in a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in 104 Computer Science Building.

The lecture, titled "John Marshall and the Myth of Marbury," will look at the Supreme Court's power of judicial review, which was established in the 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison. Clinton is the author of  "Marbury v. Madison and Judicial Review," which challenges widely held assumptions about the seminal case and the origins of constitutional judicial review.

Clinton is chair of the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is the author of "God and Man in the Law: The Foundations of Anglo-American Constitutionalism" and currently is working on a history of the Marshall Court.

The talk is part of the Alpheus Mason Lectures in Constitutional Law and Political Thought sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

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