Check out this absolutely amazing 1820 letter from Thomas Jefferson. He clearly reminds us therein (in this his letter of response) that the Constitution does not grant the Supreme Court the power to arbitrate Constitutional matters. He concisely states why as well, stating that it would lead to despotism.
This power seems to be one of the SCOTUS' most highly regarded functions today. Amazing how things change!!!http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/foun ... -oligarchy