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President Obama and the First Lady paid their respects to Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court, where his body is lying in repose today.

They stood before Scalia's flag-draped coffin in the courthouse's Great Hall of the Supreme Court, then moved over to the portrait of Scalia by Nelson Shanks.

Obama will not attend Scalia's funeral on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, a decision that provoked criticism from some conservatives. Vice President Joe Biden will represent the Obama administration at the funeral.

Scalia’s casket arrived at the Supreme Court at 9:29 a.m., ahead of a private somber ceremony.

The Rev. Paul Scalia, the justice's son and a Catholic priest, said traditional prayers. "You have called your servant Antonin out of this world," he said. "May he rest in peace."

Scalia, a staunch conservative and one of the court's most consequential justices during his three decades on the bench, died last Saturday at age 79 at a Texas hunting resort.


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