The coffin containing the remains of Judge Ruth Gaber Ginsburg arrived at the headquarters of the United States Supreme Court early Wednesday, where tributes began that will last several days and which authorities and citizens will use to pay their respects to this “rock star” of justice.
Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87 from complications related to pancreatic cancer. Her character is one of the most recognizable in the judiciary in the United States, staying on the front lines for more than 27 years after becoming the second woman to gain access to the Supreme Court.
The court had already become the venue for honors in the past few days and held a reduced private ceremony in memory of the judge this Wednesday. Court president John Roberts said of his former partner, “She wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but she became a rock star.”
“But she chose the law. Ruth was discriminated against in law school and in the labor market as a woman, and grew up a prominent advocate fighting the same discrimination in court. She wasn’t an opera star, but she found his stage right behind me, in our room, “said Roberts in his speech.