WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) – Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court this week, with thousands of mourners expected to pay their respects to her over two days.
Ginsburg’s flag-draped casket arrived at the Supreme Court, where she served for more than 27 years, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Her former law clerks lined the front steps of the court as her casket was carried up to the Great Hall.
Inside, the court's remaining eight justices were together for the first time since the building closed in March because of the coronavirus.
Chief Justice John Roberts spoke beside a portrait of Ginsburg, the leader of the court's liberal bloc, saying "her 483 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions will steer the court for decades."
"The voice in court and in our conference room was soft. But when she spoke, people listened," Roberts said.
"I mentioned at the outset that Ruth's passing weighed most heavily on her family. And that is true," he said. "But the court was her family, too. This building was her home, too. Of course, she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us. And yet, still, Ruth is gone and we grieve."
After a private ceremony Wednesday, her casket will be moved outside to the top of the court's front steps, giving the public a chance to pay their respects on Wednesday and Thursday.
Thousands of mourners are expected to pass by her casket this week.