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Americans Say Goodbye To Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 19/02/2016 Cristian Farias
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WASHINGTON -- The remaining eight justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, government officials and the public will convene at the high court on Friday to say goodbye to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

His casket is expected to arrive shortly before 9:30 a.m., and Supreme Court police officers will serve as pallbearers. The casket will be laid in the court's Great Hall on the Lincoln catafalque, which was constructed for the casket of President Abraham Lincoln and has been used for presidents, Supreme Court justices and members of Congress since. A 2007 portrait of Scalia will be displayed nearby. A private ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m., and from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., the public will be allowed to pay their last respects.

Scalia, a firebrand of legal conservatism and a controversial figure on and off the bench, died suddenly last week, causing a political maelstrom and casting into doubt the future of a number of high-stakes cases that could reshape the nation. 

C-SPAN will carry a live broadcast of Friday's pomp and circumstance in and outside the court. The network will also broadcast a funeral mass for Scalia on Saturday from Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception -- the largest Catholic sanctuary in America.

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