Ginsburg is first woman honored by lying in state at US Capitol

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court for two days starting Wednesday morning, as the political battle to fill her seat continues in Washington.

After a private ceremony with family members, friends and justices — with more than 100 of Ginsburg’s former law clerks serving as honorary pallbearers — the late justice will lie in repose under the portico at the top of the building's front steps. The public viewing is set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, Ginsberg will become the first woman to ever lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the formal ceremony is for invited guests only. She is the second Supreme Court justice to receive the honor, the first being William Howard Taft, who died shortly after retiring as the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1930. He was also the 27th president of the United States.

As Ginsberg’s life and long legal career, including 27 years on the Court, are being remembered and honored, President Donald Trump is zeroing in on a nominee to fill the vacant seat.

The president, on Twitter, announced on Tuesday that he would reveal his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday evening at the White House.

Senate Republican leaders say they will move forward with a vote, as Democrats express outrage and criticisms of hypocrisy.