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Scalia’s Supreme Court chair draped in black in mourning

Posted at 1:33 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 13:33:30-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Antonin Scalia’s courtroom chair has been draped in black to mark his death as part of a Supreme Court tradition that dates to the 19th century.

Scalia died Saturday at age 79. He joined the court in 1986 and was its longest-serving justice.

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

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 15: In this handout from the the Supreme Court of the United States, 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 on February 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia died February 13, reportedly of natural causes, at a resort in Texas.  (Photograph by Franz Jantzen/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images)

In this handout from the the Supreme Court of the United States, 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 on February 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia died February 13, reportedly of natural causes, at a resort in Texas. (Photograph by Franz Jantzen/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via Getty Images)

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

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