Washington (Associated Press) – Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects in the Supreme Court to the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a women’s rights advocate and leader of the court’s liberal bloc and feminist icon. Who died last week.
Even with the court closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic and Washington already consuming to talk about replacing Ginsberg, former justice colleagues, his family, close friends and the public will have the opportunity on Wednesday and Thursday to pass by the second coffin. A woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
The event is expected to bring together the remaining eight judges for the first time since the building closed in March and have resorted to telephone meetings.
Ginsburg would lie on a two-day rest in court where she worked for 27 years, and prior to that, had discussed six issues of gender equality in the 1970s.
After a special ceremony on Wednesday in the great courtroom, her coffin will be moved outside the building to the front rungs of the court so that mourners can express their respect in line with public health guidelines for the pandemic.
Since her death Friday evening, people have been leaving flowers, notes, banners and all kinds of Ginsburg paraphernalia out of court in honor of the woman who in her later years became known as the “Notorious RBG”. Court workers removed the items and cleaned the court yard and sidewalk before Wednesday’s party.
The court said that following past practices in the court burdened with tradition, Ginsburg’s coffin is expected to arrive before 9:30 AM ET on Wednesday. The Supreme Court Police would do so along the court’s steps, which would be lined up by former Ginsburg law clerks to be the titular coffin holders.
Chief Justice John Roberts and the other justices will be in the Great Hall upon the arrival and placement of the coffin at Lincoln Katafalki, the platform on which President Abraham Lincoln’s coffin rests in the Capitol in 1865. Portrait of Ginsburg by Constance in 1865. P. Petty will be exhibited nearby.
It is unclear whether President Donald Trump will visit the court before leaving town on Wednesday afternoon, although he offered respect when Judge John Paul Stevens died last year and President Barack Obama visited the court after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
The courtroom entrance, next to the Ginsburg chair and its seat on the bench next to Roberts, is covered in black, an old court habit. These visible signs of mourning, which have reinforced the sense of loss in past years, will largely disappear this year. The court begins its new term on October 5, but the judges will not be in the courtroom and instead will listen to arguments over the phone.
After a private ceremony inside the court, the Ginsburg coffin will be on display to the public from 11 am to 10 pm Wednesday and 9 am to 10 pm on Thursday.
On Friday, Ginsburg will reside in the state at the Capitol, the first woman to do so and second Supreme Court judge after William Howard Taft. Taft was boss, too. Rosa Parks, a private citizen unlike a government official, is the only woman to have had the honor on the Capitol.
Ginsburg will be buried alongside her husband Martin in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery next week. Martin Ginsburg passed away in 2010. She is survived by a son, daughter, four grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a great-great-son.