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Mourners pay tribute to U.S. Justice Scalia

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 01:16

People converge on the U.S. Supreme Court building to pay respects to Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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The body of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia arrived to a funeral home in El Paso, Texas, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The conservative icon died of natural causes while visiting a nearby ranch. He was 79. Outside the Supreme Court, the American flag flew at half-mast Saturday, as people received word of his death...people like Josh Howard, who considered Scalia a friend. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOSH HOWARD, FRIEND OF SCALIA, SAYING: "Regardless of a person's ideology, everybody respected his intellect. One of his best friends on the court was his ideological nemesis." That friend -- liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with whom he shared a love of opera and often traveled. In Marfa, Texas, locals said they were stunned by the news. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MARFA RESIDENT: "It's awful that it happened. He forms opinions that really mean something for us." Now, with four liberals and four conservatives left on the court, the battle has begun between Democrats and Republicans over when a new justice should be nominated. During President Barack Obama's remaining days in office or under his successor. Opening a new and incendiary front in the 2016 presidential race.

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Mourners pay tribute to U.S. Justice Scalia

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 01:16