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Scalia criticizes juvenile death penalty decision as politics

[JURIST] Addressing an audience at DC's Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Monday, Justice Antonin Scalia [Oyez biography] of the US Supreme Court called the recent 5-4 ruling striking down the juvenile death penalty [PDF opinion; JURIST report] the latest example of politics on the court. Scalia said the decision, which was based on "evolving notions of decency," was a mask for personal policy preferences of the majority. Scalia also described his philosophy of Constitutional interpretation according to the text of the document, as understood when it was adopted. Using abortion as an example, Scalia said unelected justices too often read new rights into the Constitution. C-SPAN provides recorded video of Justice Scalia's speech. AP has more.

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