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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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."

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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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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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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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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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9:42 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

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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

9:22 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

Trump will visit SCOTUS tomorrow to pay respects to Justice Ginsburg

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

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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.

8:36 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make history on Friday

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

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.

8:30 a.m. ET, September 23, 2020

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

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

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.