The Great Cases, No. 4
This one took me a very long time to write. The subject matter was difficult and complex to research, the opinion dense, and I wanted to do the case justice. I’ve had a lot of professional obligations too. But, after a too-long gap in the series, I present a write-up of which I can be proud, and perhaps the coup de grâce of the career of John Marshall as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and a moment pivotal in not only the United States’ legal but also its popular history. Ordinary Gentlefolk, I give you… McCulloch v. Maryland.