Ginsburg will lie in repose following a private ceremony
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket arrived at the Supreme Court building Wednesday morning and was greeted by former law clerks who lined the front steps as honorary pallbearers as thousands are expected to pay their respects to the liberal icon this week.
The remaining justices awaited her arrival in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall, where a ceremony took place as Ginsburg’s casket rests on the Lincoln Catafalque, the platform that held the casket of President Abraham Lincoln.
Those in attendance wore facemasks, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor wore a face shield.
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A ceremony was led by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, co-senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. Holtzblatt’s husband Ari Holtzblatt clerked for Ginsburg in 2014. Rabbi Holtzblatt spoke at the ceremony, followed by Chief Justice John Roberts.
Roberts recalled how Ginsburg would speak of her journey to the nation’s highest court from humble beginnings.
“Ruth used to ask what is the difference between a bookkeeper in Brooklyn and a Supreme Court justice?” Roberts said. “The answer, one generation.”