September 21, 2020

Justice Ginsburg To Lie In State Wednesday, Thursday

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is to lie in state Wednesday and Thursday at the Supreme Court building, the Court announced Monday morning in a press release.

Her passing on Friday evening has set the stage for an intense battle in the Senate about whether or not to wait until after the election to appoint her replacement. President Donald Trump and most Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), want to replace her right away, while Democrats are fighting to ensure her replacement in the highest court comes after the election.

The Democrats will need four Republican senators to join them if they are to thwart McConnell and Trump. So far, only two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Ala.), have said they want to wait until after November 3.

This follows the drama following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, in which McConnell and Senate Republicans argued that his replacement should wait until after that year’s election. What complicates matters is that this election is expected to be more contested than previous elections, with some speculation that the election could potentially be decided by the Supreme Court, just as it did during the 2000 election.

Immediately following news of Ginsburg’s death, masses of people convened at the steps of the courthouse to pay their respects. Ginsburg, who had already established herself as a trailblazing figure for women rights, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 with a 96-3 confirmation vote. This made her the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the Court.

A private ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on Wednesday at 9:30 am, attended by the Justice’s family, close friends, and other members of the Court.

The public will be allowed to pay its respects to Ginsburg in front of the building at roughly 11 a.m., after the private ceremony. Next week, a private interment service will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery.

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