Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose, her casket is being placed outside the court.

Three days of public mourning for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of equality and women’s rights, began Wednesday when her casket arrived at the Supreme Court for a dramatic procession up the court steps lined by more than a hundred of her former law clerks.

Her casket was placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, once used for President Abraham Lincoln, before a ceremony inside the court’s Great Hall attended by family, friends and her fellow justices at which Chief Justice John Roberts spoke, calling her a “fighter” for equal justice and saying while “her voice was soft, but when she spoke, people listened.”

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Roberts, who sat next to Ginsburg on the Supreme Court bench, said her life was a reflection of the American Dream, calling her “a star” who “found her stage in our courtroom.”

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One of her “many virtues” that defined her time on the bench, he said, was her “humility.”

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“The court was her family, too. This building was her home,” he said. “Ruth is gone and we grieve.”

“May she rest in peace,” Roberts said, standing alongside a portrait of Ginsburg.


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