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Antonin Scalia Praised By Fellow Justice Elena Kagan For Work On Supreme Court

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In this March 8, 2012 file phoo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve. Scalia calls himself a “textualist” and, as he related to a few hundred people who came to buy his new book and hear him speak in Washington the other day, that means he applies the words in the Constitution as | AP

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says her colleague Antonin Scalia deserves a lot of credit for getting the high court to divine what laws mean by focusing on the words Congress used.

Kagan says the art of interpreting statutes has changed for the better in the past 30 years, largely because of Scalia.

The liberal Kagan says the conservative Scalia will go down in history for his insistence that justices look more to the words of a law than they used to.

Kagan spoke Thursday night at a downtown Washington synagogue.

Scalia has come under criticism for comments he made this week at Kagan's alma mater, Princeton University, in which he compared laws against homosexuality to those dealing with murder and bestiality.

Kagan says she loves all her colleagues.

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