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Supreme Court Honors Antonin Scalia by Draping His Courtroom Chair in Black Tapestry


Scalia was the court's senior justice.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's Bench Chair and the Bench in front of his seat draped in black after his death, Feb. 15, 2016. (Getty Images/Handout from Supreme Court)

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's courtroom chair has been draped in black to mark his death as part of a high court tradition that dates to the 19th century.

He sat to the right of Chief Justice John Roberts, the seat given to the senior justice.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's bench chair and the bench in front of his seat are seen draped in black Monday after his death. (Getty Images/Handout from Supreme Court)

The entrance to the marble courtroom and the mahogany bench in front of Scalia's chair also have been draped with black wool crepe.

In addition, the flags on the court's front plaza will fly at half-staff in Scalia's honor for the next 30 days.

Scalia died Saturday at age 79. He joined the court at the appointment of former president Ronald Reagan in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice.

Funeral plans still had not been released as of Tuesday morning.

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