Alexander Hamilton called the national judiciary "the least dangerous branch."Is the judiciary the weakest of the three branches?

Alexander Hamilton called the national judiciary "the least dangerous branch."Is the judiciary the weakest of the three branches?

Alexander Hamilton called the national judiciary "the least dangerous branch."Is the judiciary the weakest of the three branches?

Alexander Hamilton called the national judiciary "the least dangerous branch."Is the judiciary the weakest of the three branches?

It is interesting to note the way the question was worded.  The idea of “danger” and “strength” seem to be converged in a unique manner.  I would not say the judiciary is the weakest of the three branches.  It is true that the framers did not confer much in the way of specific powers to it, but it holds tremendous persuasion in its ability to strike down laws or actions deemed unconstitutional.  Throughout the history of the nation, the Supreme Court and the judicial branch have been responsible for some of the most powerful and pressing issues have been ruled on by the judicial branch.  The start of the nation’s Civil War was brought on by the Dred Scott decision, racial segregation practices were both upheld and overturned by the court in Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education.  The case of Roe v. Wade helped to define the critical issue of abortion, creating a litmus test that has been in American politics for the last 40 years.  Finally, in the ultimate act of definition of power, the judicial branch decided the outcome of a presidential election in the 2000 case Gore v. Bush.
Alexander Hamilton called the national judiciary "the least dangerous branch."Is the judiciary the weakest of the three branches?