A view, associated with Felix Frankfurter among others, that judges should be reluctant to declare legislative enactments unconstitutional unless the conflict between the enactment and the Constitution is obvious. The doctrine is akin to, but not identical with, narrow construction, and it is the opposite of judicial activism.
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Cairo should have listened to Amal Clooney last year when she recommended judicial reforms.
The restraint is banned according to NYPD regulations but it is not illegal.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?|Jacob Siegel|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The giant bear flicked his ears and, with unmistakable restraint, swung away and disappeared into the trees.
Black people are tense because they are sick and tired of being subjected to what they see as a prejudiced judicial system.
They can be unmade by judicial fiat, but it feels awfully cruel to do so.
To Harrison and his wife there was no distinction between the executive and judicial branches of the law.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.Children's Ways|James Sully
In the New Testament a few examples appear in which his utterances are given a quasi-judicial tone.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
This is often of great advantage, as the strength of repose is expressed to a great degree in restraint of movement.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
With this object in view, he has been continually paid his salary from the judicial expenses.