Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Talks Originalism during UT Visit

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KNOXVILLE -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia delivered what he called his "stump speech" at the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, arguing for nearly an hour in favor of Originalism in interpreting the Constitution.

Scalia, who apologized beforehand if his lecture was too similar to his last visit more than 20 years ago, told nearly a 1,000 audience members packed into the Cox Auditorium that he doesn't care who is in the White House and that his view of "originalism" is not a partisan division but an intellectual one.

Rather, he said, referencing to the original intent of those who drafted the Constitution is the best way to keep judges accountable, Scalia told the crowd.

"In eyes of originalist, a judge who likes opinion he arrives at is not a good judge," he said.

Scalia's delivery of the College of Law's annual Rose Lecture marked the third visit by a sitting Supreme Court justice in the last four years.

During her visit in 2012, the left-leaning Justice Elena Kagan charmed the audience with tales about hunting quail and antelope with good friend and conservative stalwart Scalia. …


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