Published: Sun, February 21, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Obama Will Not Attend Scalia's Funeral

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited the court Friday afternoon, bowing their heads near Justice Scalia's casket and pausing in front of a portrait of the justices.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, Obama would draw on Biden's perspective, noting the vice president had served as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and presided over the confirmation hearings for past Supreme Court nominees.

Justice Antonin Scalia's flag-draped casket was placed in the U.S. Supreme Court's ceremonial hallway before a crowd of mourners that included somber and tearful colleagues, family members and former law clerks.

President Obama is eager to nominate a Supreme Court justice who can attract Republican support in the Senate, Vice President Biden said Thursday. The high school junior from North Carolina said she respected Scalia.

His unexpected death leaves a vacancy on the court that's generated political controversy during a USA presidential election year.

They were followed by a dozen honorary pallbearers - all former law clerks.

Scalia's son Paul - a Catholic priest - led the service and mixed humor with reverence for the conservative icon and father of nine who died unexpectedly last weekend. Since Justice Robert Jackson died unexpectedly in 1954, 23 justices have left the court and only one, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, died while still on the bench. Several candidates said they wanted the nomination to be delayed until the next president takes office, as others suggested that in the event of a nomination, Obama's nominee be thwarted in the Senate. How convenient for the liberals that the death of one man would create such an incredible power to radically transform America in the next few months regardless of if Congress blocks Obama from replacing Scalia!

"It's definitely a big loss for our country, he was definitely a very influential figures and I don't necessarily agree with him on everything but I have a lot of respect for him as a justice", said Emily Weatherspoon, 17.

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