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Scalia's Funeral to be Held Saturday

Scalia's Funeral to be Held Saturday

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 12:51 PM EST

Justice Antonin Scalia's body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral is set for Saturday, according to news reports.

His courtroom chair on Tuesday was draped in black to mark his death as part of a Supreme Court tradition that dates to the 19th century. Scalia's funeral will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, according to CNN and NPR.

Scalia died Saturday at age 79. He joined the court in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice.

He sat to the right of Chief Justice John Roberts, the seat given to the senior justice.

The entrance to the marble courtroom and the mahogany bench in front of Scalia's chair also have been draped with black wool crepe.

Scalia's body is now at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home in Fairfax, Virginia. Assistant manager Bob Gallagher said the body arrived on Sunday night and that there will be no autopsy before burial.

Scalia was found dead in his room at a remote Texas ranch. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara declared that Scalia died of natural causes, but she did so by telephone, based on information from law enforcement personnel at the scene. The procedure is allowed under Texas law.

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Justice Antonin Scalia's body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral is set for Saturday, according to news reports. His courtroom chair on Tuesday was draped in black to mark his death as part of a Supreme Court tradition that dates to the 19th...
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