During a book signing at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday, Justice Antonin Scalia said the biggest public misconception about the Supreme Court comes from nightly newscasts.

“What we do is dull,” Scalia said, explaining that the “30-second takeouts” the public gets about the Court when watching the nightly news isn’t an accurate representation of what the justices do. For instance, he explained, they’re not spending most of their time debating the legitimacy of abortion or same-sex marriage. “We’re looking at dull stuff, like the bank code,” he said.

In a room packed full of lawyers, aspiring law students and news media, Scalia talked about his book Reading the Law and his “textualist” approach to interpreting the Constitution. Textualism is the idea that law should be applied using the original meaning of the words.

Not to be missed: A Q&A with the audience and a poignant interruption from Siri… Read more