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Jul 29, 2010 1:55 AM by Dan Boyce

Scalia: "Abandon 'living' Constitution"

A packed house filled the Museum of the Rockies for Wednesday evening's address by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The line for the event stretched well out the door of the Museum and many folks were turned away.

MSU President Waded Cruzado introduced the justice. His speech, entitled "Constitutional Interpretation" addressed Scalia's problems with the concept of a 'living constitution.' Scalia believes the nation's highest court made a fundamentally wrong move about 50 years ago in deciding interpretations of the US Constitution could change over time. He argues this has produced a far more politicized court, and a judicial system that awards activists judges. The Conservative Scalia enjoyed complete attention from his audience, but his eloquent remarks garnered differing philosophical responses.

"I do believe yeah, it should be a democratic process. However I think originol intent and originol language of the constitution is important to uphold," said Joe Stusek.

"He in some sense played to a political agenda tonight," Michelle Ereaugh. "The examples of homosexuality and of Roe V. Wade were highly charged issues."

When taking questions an audience member said, "Welcome to Montana sir, hope you have a good time."

Scalia responded, "tell that to the fish."

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