Antonin Scalia lies in repose at Supreme Court

Updated 10:21 AM EST, Sat February 20, 2016
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Hundreds of mourners -- including members of Congress -- began streaming by to view Scalia's casket as the court opened its doors to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Earlier Friday, all the current Supreme Court justices attended a private ceremony led by Scalia's son, Father Paul Scalia

(CNN) —  

The body of late Justice Antonin Scalia is lying in repose Friday inside the Supreme Court building where he built a legacy as a conservative legal icon.

More than 6,000 mourners – including members of Congress – began streaming by to view Scalia’s casket as the court opened its doors to the public at 10:30 a.m.

Earlier Friday, all the current Supreme Court justices attended a private ceremony led by Scalia’s son, Father Paul Scalia, in the Great Hall.

In the afternoon, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the court to honor Scalia. They were greeted by Chief Justice John Roberts and then met with members of Scalia’s family, including Army Lt. Col. Matthew Scalia, the late justice’s son, and his wife, Michelle, in the Solicitor General’s office.

The President and first lady stayed for roughly 25 minutes.

Sri Srinivasan and Patricia Millett, two members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and potential nominees for Obama to pick to replace Scalia, were seen in the line of those paying their respects along with other judges on the DC circuit.

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The casket was placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, which was loaned to the court by Congress for the ceremony, and a 2007 portrait of Scalia by Nelson Shanks is on display. Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers while Scalia’s law clerks served as honorary pallbearers.

“As is the tradition, Justice Scalia’s law clerks will stand vigil by his side at the Court all day tomorrow and through the night,” tweeted Kannon Shanmugam, who clerked for Scalia.

Outside the court, mourners left flowers and jars of applesauce – a nod to Scalia’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to uphold Obamacare, in which he wrote that the majority’s opinion was “pure applesauce.”

Outside the Supreme Court on February 19, 2016, mourners leave flowers and jars of applesauce — a nod to an Justice Antonin Scalia
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Outside the Supreme Court on February 19, 2016, mourners leave flowers and jars of applesauce — a nod to an Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in which he wrote that the majority's opinion was "pure applesauce."

Scalia’s funeral service is Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The justice’s son will also deliver Mass for his father. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend.

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Other justices who have laid in repose in the Supreme Court include former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, former Justice Harry Blackmun, former Justice William J Brennan Jr., former Justice Thurgood Marshall and former Chief Justice Earl Warren.