Law

A Model of Judicial Restraint

Murray Gleeson: The Smiler by Michael Pelly Federation Press, 2014, 296 pages, $59.95 Any discussion of Michael Pelly’s biography of Murray Gleeson must observe the requirement so well expressed by Tennessee Williams in The Glass Menagerie, to consider only “Things of importance going on in the world! Never anything coarse or common or vulgar.” Otherwise, in the presence of the subject of the biography, one risks being subject to the stare. This book contains numerous references to Murray Gleeson’s capacity to convey his feelings, of disapproval or worse, wordlessly, just by looking. As Roddy Meagher so memorably put it: “Murray…

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