Iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has received a lavish send-off at the US Supreme Court ahead of her funeral at the US Capitol.
The late lawmaker’s casket was carried up the steps of the Supreme Court on Wednesday and was placed on the same platform where former president Abraham Lincoln rested after his assassination in 1865.
She will lie in repose on the steps of the Supreme Court until Thursday morning, when she be moved to lie in state at the US Capitol, making her the first Jewish person to receive the honor.
President Donald Trump is expected to visit on Thursday while Ginsburg lies in repose, the White House announced.
A private ceremony was held for the eight remaining Supreme Court justices to say a final farewell, with the reunion the first time the group has been together since the coronavirus outbreak hit US shores in March.
Chief Justice John Roberts called Ginsburg tough and described her a fighter and a winner, but also ‘compassionate and honest.’
He continued: ‘It has been said that Ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead.’
Roberts served alongside Ginsburg for 15 of her 27 years working as a Supreme Court justice.
‘Her voice in court and in our conference room was soft, but when she spoke, people listened,’ he said.
Former president Bill Clinton, who nominated Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993, visited her casket on Wednesday with his wife and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Ginsburg was given two days to lie in repose given that she is the second woman to serve as justice, but also to accommodate for the thousands of mourners that are expected to come and pay their respects.
She will then be buried in Arlington National Cemetery alongside her husband Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010.
She died on Friday of pancreatic cancer while surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, DC.
A documentary was made about her life, along with a Hollywood film called On the Basis of Sex. Her nickname, The Notorious RBG, gained popularity due to comparing the tough New York rapper Biggie Smalls to Ginsburg’s fierce approaching to legislating.
Ginsburg became one of the most influential American figures of all time. Her millions of fans have said they will remember her as feminist icon who championed equal rights for all.
Ginsburg, who was a liberal lawmaker, has left a vacant Supreme Court seat now set to be filled by a Conservative replacement.
The Supreme Court is the head of the judicial branch in the US. It is made up of nine justices, Ginsburg being one of four liberal justices. Her seat will be filled by Trump, giving the court a six to three conservative majority.
Donald Trump has said the new justice will be a woman, and that he will announce his nominee on Saturday evening.
The favorite to take the spot is US Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative well-known for her strong pro-life views.
Ginsburg wished in her last words that her seat not be replaced until after the November election, according to her family.
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