Antonin Scalia Praised From the Bench as Supreme Court Returns

Supreme Court justices return to the bench for first time since his death.

“Today marks the loss of our friend and colleague who died unexpectedly,” Roberts said to a packed courtroom.

Scalia’s chair was still draped in black as the eight justices entered the courtroom, returning to work today for the first time since Scalia’s death.

Roberts mentioned the one and only case that Scalia argued before the Supreme Court in 1976. “He prevailed and established a perfect record at the court,” Roberts said to laughter from the room.

The chief justice also drew laughter from the crowd in the court when he said that despite writing many majority opinions, Scalia was “known on occasion to decent.”

A memorial service will be held at the court “at an appropriate time,” Roberts said.