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Justice Scalia’s Honor Guard

Justice Scalia’s Honor Guard

and part of his legacy.

There were many moving images today as Justice Antonin Scalia’s body was brought to and placed in repose in the Supreme Court.

The Featured Image was one of the most moving. His former law clerks lined up outside the Supreme Court awaiting arrival of his body. (h/t @amandacarpenter)

They continued to stand guard as the casket was carried up the steps:

Scalia Law Clerks Casket Steps

Sets of four clerks then took turns in 30 minute shifts standing by the casket as visitors paid respects, including the Obamas (who will not be attending the funeral).

I think one of the true measures of a person is not how he or she treats people they report to, but how they treat the people who report to them. From everything I’ve heard, Justice Scalia treated those “below” him with respect and humor. The loyalty of a generation of law clerks speaks to that.

These Facebook comments were apt:

“Fabulous. There is his legacy.”

“Not all is lost.”

“How can one not get choked up when seeing this. God, bless America.”

“30 years of mentoring conservatives.”

[Featured Image: Hannah Oh Facebook]


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An appropriate and wonderful tribute to an amazing man.

legacyrepublican | February 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm

God bless him, he had liberal law clerks too. He humanized the bench in so many ways.

Rest in peace Justice Scalia!

I’m struck my the beautiful solemnness of his law clerks standing vigil at his casket.

The people coming to pay their respects appear to be not only respectful, but genuinely grieving.

The haunting question/thought in my mind is now who will stand for the unborn…

I had no idea a Justice would have so many law clerks over the years. They must have come from all over the country, on short notice, to be there. Very touching.

At least Obama managed to wear a tie, and not chew gum or take selfies.

JackRussellTerrierist | February 19, 2016 at 11:25 pm

A very moving scene.

I understand the significance of the obastards’ non-appearance at the funeral tomorrow, but I must say that if I were the Scalias, I’d rather not have them there.

We have yet to truly understand what this mans death will mean to the future of our country. A true patriot, with a love for justice, isn’t easy to replace. There are monumental moments in the history of a country that without most realizing can change the nation for all time. This, if the right man isn’t chosen to replace him will be one of those moments. I moan for our country. Justice Scalia will be sorely missed and we as a country will be poorer for his passing.

I am 60, and I cannot think of a death of any government official in my lifetime that has had anywhere near the potential for jeopardizing the Republic as Scalia’s.

A Supreme Court Justice with humor, candor and character. A man who believed in and followed the Constitution. I don’t think we’ll see his like again.

What a fitting tribute to the greatest defender of the Constitution that I can ever remember. An incredible intellect, a brilliant wot,rest in peace.