U.S. Supreme Court justices, law clerks, court employees and the public are paying their respects Friday as the body of Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose in the high court.
Scalia’s casket was taken from Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home in Virginia to the Great Hall in the Supreme Court about 9:30 a.m. His casket was placed on the catafalque first used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Nearby, a 2007 portrait of Scalia is on display.
Justices who included Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Scalia’s family members, including his wife Maureen and their nine children, attended a private ceremony before the viewing was opened to the public. The ceremony was led by Scalia’s son Father Paul Scalia.
The body will lie in repose for public viewing until 8 p.m. Friday. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to visit the court Friday afternoon.
Scalia, 79, was the current court’s longest-serving justice until his death Saturday. His death sparked a bitter political battle over how and when a replacement justice should be named.
On Saturday, the devout Catholic justice will be celebrated at a funeral Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception about 11 a.m., followed by a private burial.
C-Span is live streaming the influx of mourners.
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