WASHINGTON – The Latest on ceremonies at the Supreme Court paying tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead last Saturday (all times local):
Scalia's son Paul — a Catholic priest — recited traditional prayers over his father's casket after it was placed in the Supreme Court's Great Hall. The court's current justices and Scalia's widow and nine children stood silently.
Friends and court staff also watched the ceremony. A group of Scalia's former law clerks began to stand vigil by their former boss in a tradition most recently observed after the 2005 death of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
The casket will go on public view from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Dozens of mourners have already lined up outside the court to pay their respects.
Justice Antonin Scalia's flag-draped casket has arrived at the Supreme Court where it will lie in repose on Friday.
Supreme Court police served as pallbearers to carry the casket up the marble steps into the court's Great Hall.
The procession passed between two long lines of Scalia's former law clerks that stretched from the plaza to the court's main entrance. Another group of 12 former clerks serving as honorary pallbearers followed.
The procession passed before the court's eight current justices and the casket was placed on the Lincoln Catafalque.
That's the same platform on which President Abraham Lincoln's coffin once rested at the Rotunda of the Capitol in 1865.
Thousands of mourners — from the president and members of Congress to former justices and tourists — are expected to pay their respects to Scalia as the casket rests in the court's Great Hall.
The justice's former law clerks will take turns standing vigil by their former boss throughout the day and night in a tradition most recently observed after the 2005 death of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Court officials said Scalia's casket will arrive Friday morning. Supreme Court police will carry it up the court steps, with former clerks following as honorary pallbearers.
The casket is resting in the court's Great Hall on the Lincoln Catafalque, the platform on which President Abraham Lincoln's coffin rested in the Capitol rotunda in 1865. A 2007 portrait of Scalia by artist Nelson Shanks will be displayed nearby.