Scalia, often called the court's most conservative member, was as informal and engaging as a talk-show host or politician. He spoke without a prepared text and punctuated his remarks about the Constitution and other topics with one-liners.
He said the view that the Constitution is "a living organism" is "idiotic" and compared it to clichés about the stock market having a mind of its own.
"The stock market is not a mountain climber and the Constitution is not a living organism," he said.
He referred to abortion, same-sex marriage, and the death penalty in the framework of his "originalist" view of the Constitution.
"It provides what a Constitution always provides, and that is rigidity," he said.
He jokingly referred to his wife as "sort of a right-winger" and said that although he was confirmed 98-0 by the Senate 22 years ago, "I couldnt get 60 votes today."