What We Know: Thousands pay respects to late Justice Scalia

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Posted: Feb 19, 2016 7:34 PM
What We Know: Thousands pay respects to late Justice Scalia

Justice Antonin Scalia lay in repose at the Supreme Court, where the eight remaining justices, family members, former law clerks and members of the public passed by his flag-draped coffin Friday to pay their respects. What we know about the ceremony and funeral plans for Scalia, who died last week:

—Scalia's casket was placed on a funeral bier first used after President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

—At a private ceremony, one of Scalia's sons, the Rev. Paul Scalia, recited prayers over the casket: "You have called your servant Antonin out of this world. Release him from the bonds of sin and welcome him into your presence."

—Nearly 100 of Scalia's former law clerks returned to the courthouse, taking turns, four at a time, to stand alongside the casket.

—President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, paid their respects at the Supreme Court but did not plan to attend Saturday's funeral. Obama has said he would submit a nomination to replace Scalia, but Senate Republican leaders have said that should be left to the next president.

—A makeshift memorial outside the courthouse included jars of applesauce and fortune cookies, references to some of Scalia's sharp dissents in recent cases.

—Scalia's funeral is planned for Saturday morning at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, planned to attend. Burial plans have not been released.