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Scalia says judges should interpret Constitution

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says judges should interpret, not try to rewrite, the U.S. Constitution.

Scalia was the keynote speaker Monday at the opening conference of the Project on Liberty and American Constitutionalism at Utah State University.

The project was launched by the university's political science department to focus on the nation's founding principles.

Scalia told the crowd of about 1,700 that too often judges are asked to make policy decisions that normally are in the hands of the executive and legislative branches. Citizens looking to change laws shouldn't file lawsuits, they should talk to lawmakers and fellow citizens, he said.

He said the Constitution should be viewed as "static" and judges should confine themselves to interpreting it.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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