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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia criticized judges who believe the Constitution should be reinterpreted as society changes, saying that philosophy allows courts to bend the law to suit a political agenda.

Scalia also said increasing partisanship among judges was one reason why the Senate questions judicial nominees about their personal views on issues such as abortion and confirms only candidates regarded as moderate.

"A moderate judge or justice is what most people like," Scalia said, but judges' personal views should not matter since judges are responsible for upholding the law.

Scalia, speaking Friday at Washington and Lee University, argued that judges too often read rights into the Constitution on issues such as abortion and assisted suicide at the expense of the democratic process.

"It's making our system more rigid, not more flexible. It's simply irrational," Scalia said.