WASHINGTON — President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit the Supreme Court on Friday to pay their respects as Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose but won’t attend Scalia’s funeral.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will attend the funeral on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

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

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

Obama has said he will nominate a replacement for Scalia with “plenty of time” for the Senate to act.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the justices will not hold their scheduled closed-door conference on Friday.

The justices typically take action on pending appeals at the Friday meeting and announce the results on Monday morning. So there also will be no orders issued in those pending cases.

 

 


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