WASHINGTON DC: Mourners gather to pay respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death opened a crucial US Supreme Court seat that Donald Trump has vowed to fill before the election, as she lay in repose at the top court.
Memorial services celebrating Ginsburg’s life and career began with more than 100 of her former law clerks standing on the steps of the court as her casket was carried inside in the crisp September morning air.
Since her death, large crowds have visited the Supreme Court to memorialize Ginsburg with photos, flowers, candles and messages thanking her for fighting for gender equality and paving the way for women and girls.
Her casket arrived at the high court just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Ginsburg’s former law clerks served honorary pallbearers and lined the front steps as her casket arrived. Supreme Court police officers served as pallbearers, which the court announced earlier this week.
Her family, close friends and members of the court attended a private ceremony inside the court. Ginsburg’s seat and the bench in front of it have been draped with black wool crepe. A black drape has been hung over the courtroom doors, the court said.
The progressive justice, who died last week, will lie in repose at the court on Wednesday and Thursday, when the White House says Trump will visit to pay his respects.
On Friday she will become the first woman to lie in state at the US Capitol.