Supreme Court justices, Americans pay respects to Rehnquist

[JURIST] Several US Supreme Court justices and many other Americans lined the Great Hall of the nation's high court Tuesday to pay final respects to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist [Oyez profile; JURIST news archive]. Rehnquist's flag-draped casket was carried into the Great Hall among marble busts of former chief justices and placed upon the historic Lincoln Catafalque, where it will remain as public viewing continues until 10 PM ET Tuesday and from 10 AM to Noon ET Wednesday. Among the pallbearers was John Roberts [JURIST news archive], a former clerk to Rehnquist and the man nominated Monday [JURIST report] by President Bush to replace him as Chief Justice. Current Supreme Court justices, absent only Justices Anthony Kennedy and David Souter, gathered at today's viewing, with many weeping as they stood by the casket of the long-time Chief Justice. Rehnquist died Saturday [JURIST report] at the age of 80, after battling thyroid cancer since last fall. A funeral service will be held at 2 PM ET Wednesday at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, DC. AP has more.



 

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