Scalia to lie in repose on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) --€” The body of Justice Antonin Scalia will lie in repose in the Supreme Court's Great Hall on Friday, as the public is invited to pay its respects to the jurist who died unexpectedly over the weekend.

Scalia's casket will be on public view from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, court officials said. A private ceremony will take place at the court at 9:30 a.m.

The details came Tuesday as Scalia's courtroom chair was draped in black to mark his death as part of a Supreme Court tradition that dates to the 19th century.

Court officials also draped black wool crepe over the entrance to the marble courtroom and the mahogany bench in front of Scalia's chair. Flags on the court's front Plaza will be flown at half-staff for 30 days.

Funeral plans have not been released.

Current and retired justices are expected to line the marble steps as the casket is carried through the court's main entrance, below the words inscribed "Equal Justice Under Law."

Scalia died Saturday at age 79. He joined the court in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice. He was found dead in his room at a remote Texas ranch.

Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who died in 2005, was the last member of the high court to lie in repose.

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