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Scalia scolds 'moralist' judges in NC lawyers talk

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is telling North Carolina lawyers that judges shouldn't wade into the moral components of big legal issues because they're no more qualified than anyone else.

Scalia spoke Friday to about 400 attorneys and judges at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association in Asheville. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/16mNQTP ) that Scalia questioned the propriety of unelected judges making value-laden decisions for all of American society.

The outspoken conservative has said he believes the Constitution should be interpreted as it would have been understood when it was adopted in the late 1700s. Scalia says by using that method it wasn't difficult to recognize whether the Constitution included a right to an abortion, assisted suicide, or what he called "homosexual conduct."

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