The body of late Justice Antonin Scalia is lying in repose Friday morning inside the Supreme Court building where he built a legacy as as a conservative legal icon.
All the current Supreme Court justices are attending a private ceremony being led by Scalia’s son, Father Paul Scalia, underway in the Great Hall. Barack Obama and the first lady are expected to visit the court later Friday to honor Scalia.
The casket was placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, which was loaned to the court by Congress for the ceremony, and a 2007 portrait of Scalia by Nelson Shanks will be displayed. Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers while Scalia’s law clerks served as honorary pallbearers.
After the private ceremony, the public will be invited in from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to view the casket. Hundreds have already gathered outside.