Capital pauses to praise Scalia at funeral

Feb 21, 2016 1104

By Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris

With pageantry, spirituality and a touch of his own trademark humor, Justice Antonin Scalia was honored on Saturday as a capital riven by his death briefly set down its political weapons to mourn what his son called "the country's good servant."

The nation's leaders, including justices, judges, lawmakers, current and former vice presidents and a presidential candidate, gathered for a mostly solemn, two-hour funeral Mass. The longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court, Scalia died at age 79 last weekend at a Texas ranch after serving nearly 30 years on the highest bench.

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