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Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket arrives at US Supreme Court
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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s body is lying in repose at the Supreme Court today and tomorrow.
  • On Friday, she’ll become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US Capitol.
  • Ginsburg died last week at the age of 87 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She served on the court for more than 27 years.

Our live coverage of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorial at the US Supreme Court has ended. You can read more about the ceremony here.

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Ginsburg was honored at the Supreme Court today. Here's what you need to know.

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her final trip to the US Supreme Court this morning. She’s lying in repose there today and tomorrow so Americans can pay their respects to the second woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

If you missed the ceremony this morning, here’s what you need to know:

  • Dozens of her clerks greeted her casket: About 120 of Ginsburg’s 169 law clerks stood on the Supreme Court steps when her body arrived. Several of them served as pallbearers and brought her casket inside.
  • From bookkeepers’ daughter to justice: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at the ceremony, and recalled how Ginsburg’s mother worked as a bookkeeper. “Ruth used to ask, ‘What is the difference between a bookkeeper in Brooklyn and a Supreme Court Justice?’ Her answer: ‘One generation,’” he said.
  • Presidents pay their respects: Former President Bill Clinton, who named Ginsburg to the court in 1993, visited her casket today. President Trump is expected to do the same tomorrow.
  • What happens next: Ginsburg’s body will be taken to the US Capitol on Friday, and she’ll become the first woman in American history to lie in state there.

Justice Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court for public viewing

Following a private ceremony with family, close friends and the justices inside the Supreme Court’s Great Hall, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket has been moved under the portico on the front steps for members of the public to pay their respects.

Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US Capitol when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall on Friday.

A private interment will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bill and Hillary Clinton pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at SCOTUS

Bill and Hillary Clinton have arrived at the Supreme Court to pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg today as the late justice lies in repose. 

Bill Clinton named Ginsburg to the court in 1993. Hillary Clinton is said to have had an influence in the President picking the justice.

CNN was live outside the Supreme Court where mourners are paying tribute to Justice Ginsburg

CNN’s Jessica Schneider was outside the Supreme Court where mourners are gathering to pay their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in repose today and tomorrow.

On Friday, her body will be moved to the US Capitol building, and she will become the first woman to lie in state there. Ginsburg died last Friday at the age of 87 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. She served on the court for more than 27 years.

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Here's what will happen after this morning's ceremony honoring Ginsburg

Friends and family are remembering the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at a ceremony inside the Supreme Court this morning.

Following the ceremony, the casket will be moved under the portico at the top of the building’s front steps.

Mourners can pay their respects to Ginsburg as she lies in repose today and tomorrow. President Trump is expected to visit her casket tomorrow.

On Friday, Ginsburg’s body will be moved to the US Capitol building, and she’ll become the first woman to lie in state there.

A private interment will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

"We promise to carry forward your legacy," rabbi says

Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court in front of family, close friends and the other Supreme Court justices.

“To be born into a world that does not see you, that does not believe in your potential, that does not give you a path for opportunity or a clear path for education, and despite this, to be able to see beyond the world you are in, to imagine that something can be different — that is the job of a prophet,” she said.

Justice Ginsburg’s legacy marked the path for “women and girls of all ages, who now know that no office is out of reach for their dreams,” the rabbi said as she remembered the late justice’s work on ensuring equal treatment for men and women.

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Roberts describes how Ginsburg, a bookkeeper's daughter, rose to the Supreme Court

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the “leading advocate” against gender-based discrimination as he remembered her life and legacy.

Roberts said Ginsburg’s mother worked as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn.

Roberts described Ginsburg as “tough” and detailed the discrimination she faced as a woman in law.

“She chose the law, subjected the discrimination in laws school and the job market because she was a woman, Ruth would grow to become the leading advocate fighting such discrimination in court.”

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Ginsburg honored in ceremony inside Supreme Court's Great Hall 

A private ceremony with family, close friends and the other Supreme Court justices is taking place in the Great Hall at the court.

“Today we stand in mourning of the American hero, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt of the Adas Israel Congregation said as she opened the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the casket will be moved under the portico at the top of the building’s front steps.

Ginsburg's casket arrives at the Supreme Court

The casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just arrived at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Several of her clerks are serving as pallbearers to bring the casket up the court’s steps, and even more of the clerks are lining the steps.

About 120 clarks out of 169 will gather at the court today. 

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More than 100 of Ginsburg's former clerks will meet her casket at the Supreme Court steps today

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returns for the final time to the Supreme Court this morning, and an army of more than a hundred of her former clerks will meet the casket and accompany it up the stone steps leading to the great hall.

Besides her family and written opinions, Ginsburg’s clerks are her most lasting legacy. They began their tenures as young inexperienced lawyers and emerged with unparalleled legal credentials that will mark their resumes for a lifetime: Supreme Court clerk.

But for many, working for Ginsburg wasn’t just a legal lesson. She also instilled the notion that women could have it all, but maybe not at the same time. She praised her “life partner,” her husband, Marty, “the only man,” she would say, who “cared that I had a brain.”

You can read more about Ginsburg’s clerks and the impact the late justice had on them here.

WATCH: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s clerks wait for her casket on the steps of the Supreme Court

Trump will visit SCOTUS tomorrow to pay respects to Justice Ginsburg

President Trump will visit the Supreme Court on Thursday to pay his respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a White House official says.

Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Court on Wednesday and Thursday before a private internment at Arlington National Cemetery next week.

Trump has said he will announce a nominee to replace her on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make history on Friday

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the US Capitol when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall on Friday, according to congressional historians.

The historic event, which was announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday, will feature a formal ceremony for invited guests only because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lying in state is a tribute reserved for the most distinguished government officials and military officers, while lying in honor is a distinction given to private citizens.

Americans can pay their respects to Ginsburg at the Supreme Court today and tomorrow

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg’s body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on today and tomorrow so that members of the public can pay their respects, the court announced on Monday.

The casket will arrive in front of the Supreme Court just before 9:30 a.m. ET today and a private ceremony with family, close friends and the justices will take place in the Great Hall at the court.

After the ceremony, the casket will be moved under the portico at the top of the building’s front steps.

Former law clerks will serve as honorary pallbearers, lining the steps as the casket arrives.

A private interment will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for her legacy in her final Supreme Court term
10 quotes that help define the 'Notorious RBG' legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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20 years of closed-door conversations with Ruth Bader Ginsburg