Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Rehnquist burial set for Wednesday

Body to lie in repose at Supreme Court
The casket bearing Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's body will be brought to the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, marking the start of two days of somber ceremony honoring the nation's 16th chief justice.
Highlighting a career as a Supreme Court justice that began in 1972, Rehnquist's pallbearers will include some of his former law clerks. It wasn't publicly disclosed whether Rehnquist's designated successor, John Roberts, would be one of them.
Roberts on Monday called Rehnquist "a man I deeply respect and admire, a man who has been very kind to me for 25 years."
The tribute came as Roberts joined President Bush in the Oval Office where the president announced he had chosen the former Rehnquist law clerk to be the next chief justice.Rehnquist's casket will be placed in the Supreme Court's Great Hall on the Lincoln Catafalque, the structure on which President Lincoln's coffin rested at the Rotunda of the Capitol. Congress loaned the structure to the court. On display will be a 1994 portrait of the chief justice by painter Thomas Loepp.
The casket will arrive at the court at 10 a.m. ET.The justices, followed by the court staff, will pay their respects. The court invited the public to pay respects to Rehnquist from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday.On Wednesday funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., with funeral services open to friends and family.Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be private.


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