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Obama Pays Respects To Justice Antonin Scalia At Supreme Court Ceremony

Justice Scalia's casket was laid in repose for a public viewing Friday, one day before his funeral.

Last updated on February 19, 2016, at 4:17 p.m. ET

Posted on February 19, 2016, at 9:37 a.m. ET

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay their respects.
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pay their respects.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia laid in repose Friday in the Great Hall of the high court, as his colleagues, family, and other senior officials paid their respects.

After his body arrived in a hearse, Scalia's American flag-covered casket was carried into the building by eight pallbearers.

A private ceremony for family, friends, and Scalia's fellow justices was held before a public viewing. President Obama and the first lady arrived later in the day to pay their respects, taking a moment of silence in front of his portrait and casket.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk past a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after paying their respects.
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk past a portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after paying their respects.

The White House said earlier this week Obama will not attend the justice's funeral Saturday, but Vice President Biden, who had a personal relationship with Scalia, is expected to attend, along with his wife, Jill. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Scalia, who was appointed to the court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, was found dead of natural causes at a Texas hunting resort last Saturday.

Thousands were expected to turn out to pay their respects throughout the day. The casket will be on display until 8 p.m.

Supreme Court Justices make the sign of the cross during prayers.
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Supreme Court Justices make the sign of the cross during prayers.

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