(NewsReady.com) – Sandra Day O’Connor was the original glass ceiling breaker in the US judiciary. She was the first female justice to ever sit on the Supreme Court. Recently, the late conservative judge was honored by the high court in death.
O’Connor passed away on December 1 at the age of 93. On December 18, she laid in repose at the Supreme Court, where she served from 1981 to 2006. Former President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the court. The public had the opportunity to pay their respects to the late justice until 8 p.m. local time.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke on behalf of the Supreme Court at a private ceremony as O’Connor’s casket, draped in the US flag, was carried into the Great Hall by eight Supreme Court Police officers. She called the late justice a trailblazer who would be happy that “four sisters” are now serving on the nine-member court.
Sotomayor said O’Connor “was devoted to making a better world, and that’s what she did.” She said Justice Clarence Thomas once called the late justice the “glue of this court,” and she agreed.
The pallbearers put the casket on the Lincoln Catafalque, a pine-board bier built to support Abraham Lincoln’s casket after he was assassinated. In 2020, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket was placed on it, as was Senator John McCain’s in 2018 and Thurgood Marshall’s in 1993.
J.P. Hogan, a Washington, DC, local, was the first in line at the court. He spoke to The Washington Post and said he was in high school when O’Connor became the first female justice. Hogan said the justice lying in repose was “a historic event.”
All of the sitting Supreme Court justices attended the event, as did former Justice Anthony Kennedy. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff also visited the Great Hall to pay their respects.
Justice O’Connor was laid to rest on December 19.
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