Justice Scalia speaks about Constitution in Ohio

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 7:57 PM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh) has said in a speech at Ohio State University the Constitution is best treated as an original document within the context of its historical creation, not as a text subject to modern reinterpretation.

He delivered the keynote speech Tuesday at a daylong forum on the concept of originality, or the theory the Constitution should be interpreted as its authors intended. He embraces the theory.

He says his burden is not to show that originalism is perfect but to show that it beats the other available alternatives.

The 73-year-old Scalia is known for his generally conservative rulings. He was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan.

U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke at the Ohio State law school in April.