McCulloch v. Maryland


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In the present as in the past, Supreme Court decisions are apt to be immediately judged by the public based not on the legal principles established but on the specific outcomes in the cases at hand. The particular issue of state taxation of the Second Bank was in fact short lived, becoming wholly moot when the bank's charter expired in 1836.

Despite the diminished polarization concerning federalism and the prevailing acceptance that the bank was constitutional, Marshall's opinion...