Flags to fly at half-staff in respect for late Supreme Court justice

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Supreme Court officials said Tuesday that the body of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s will lie in repose Friday in the court’s Great Hall, after a private ceremony.

The funeral mass Saturday will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

Scalia’s courtroom chair was draped in black on Tuesday.

Scalia died of natural causes Saturday.

Governor Ige’s office announced Sunday that flags will fly at half-staff as a mark of respect for Scalia.

At the direction of President Obama, the national and state flags shall be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard.

The president ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the high court, where Scalia served for three decades, and other federal buildings throughout the nation and U.S. embassies and military installations throughout the world.

The flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of interment.

Scalia’s body lay in a Texas funeral home Sunday and tentative plans called for it to be flown on Tuesday back home to his family in a northern Virginia suburb.

Scalia’s colleagues, meanwhile, praised his brilliance and grieved his death. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she and Scalia “were best buddies” for more than 30 years. Justice Clarence Thomas said, “It is hard to imagine the court without my friend.”

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