LANSING, Mich. — The country has said its first formal goodbye to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The 87-year-old grew into an American legal and cultural giant over a storied career, which included 27 years as a justice of America's highest court.
Ginsburg’s casket arrived at the Supreme Court Wednesday morning. She will lie in repose through Thursday and in state Friday.
Chief Justice John Roberts delivered a eulogy at a memorial ceremony for those close to the family Wednesday morning. “Of course she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us," he said, "and yet, still, Ruth is gone, and we grieve.”
“I so admired Justice Ginsburg,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the country’s longest serving senator.
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) often found himself up against Ginsburg’s legal opinion while working as lawyer on issues of religious freedom. But even if you disagreed, he said she earned everyone’s respect.
“She was formidable,” he said, “if you had her on the opposing side of an argument, it was not a good day for you.”
Ginsburg, who is the second woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court, will be the first to ever lie in state when she does so Friday.
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