U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas said the biggest threat to the courts are judges "who are asking for trouble," and warned the courts may become the most dangerous branch of government. Thomas, in a lecture at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, said "people are destroying our institutions" because they don't get the outcomes we don't like and they are not being criticized.
"When we begin to venture into the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in the federal judiciary with lifetime appointments, are asking for trouble," Thomas said.
"The court was thought to be the least dangerous branch and we may have become the most dangerous," Thomas warned.
"And I think that's problematic," Thomas added.
Thomas delivered the 2021 Tocqueville Lecture on September 16, 2021 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame.