Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court

By Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 6:45 PM ET, Wed September 23, 2020
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4:09 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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.
12:13 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Justice Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court for public viewing

Susan Walsh/AP
Susan Walsh/AP

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.

12:10 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

From CNN’s Dan Merica and Elizabeth Hartfield

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Patrick Semansky/AP

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.

12:06 p.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

From CNN's Melissa Mahtani

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.

Watch here:

10:34 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

J. Scott Applewhite/AP
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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.

10:10 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

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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.

"And it is the rare prophet who not only imagines a new world, but also makes that new world a reality in her lifetime. This was the brilliance and vision of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg."

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.

"Nothing could stop Justice Ginsburg's unflagging devotion to this project. Not even cancer. Justice Ginsburg... from generation to generation. We promise to carry forward your legacy."

Watch the moment:

10:11 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

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Pool

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.

"Ruth used to ask, 'What is the difference between a bookkeeper in Brooklyn and a Supreme Court Justice?' Her answer: 'One generation,'" he said.

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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9:48 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Ginsburg honored in ceremony inside Supreme Court's Great Hall 

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Pool

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.

9:44 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Ginsburg's casket arrives at the Supreme Court

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Pool

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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