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Justice Scalia entertains UW crowd
Oct 26, 2012 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press
LARAMIE -- Passing through Laramie after an unsuccessful antelope hunt, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stopped at the University of Wyoming on Thursday to make an impassioned and humorous case for sticking to the original meaning of the U.S. Constitution.
Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Scalia is the longest currently serving Supreme Court justice. He's a leading voice of the court's conservative wing while also standing out for his vivid writing style and willingness to mingle with the public.
Caitlin Wallace, a third-year law student at the University of Wyoming and leader of the Federalist Society on campus, invited Scalia to speak. She said in her introduction that she was shocked to get his letter accepting the invitation, joking that Scalia had a reputation together with Elvis Presley as the two men least likely to accept a speaking engagement.
Scalia, who has mixed previous speaking engagements in Wyoming with fishing trips, said he decided to accept Wallace's invitation because he would be in the area. "I'm happy to be here and the reason I am is because Laramie is not on the way to anywhere, really," he said.
Scalia said he regards himself as "an originalist," meaning he decides cases by looking to the original meaning of the Constitution. He said he deplores the popular notion that the Constitution is a living thing that should be interpreted by judges to meet society's changing needs.