Supreme Court delays work due to ceremony for Justice Scalia

Pallbearers carry the body of the late Justice Antonin Scalia into the U.S. Supreme Court on February 19, 2016. Photo by Indianz.Com

A large crowd gathered at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday to pay their respects to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13 at the age of 79.

Scalia's body will lie in repose until 8pm at the court. Due to the ceremony, the justices will not consider petitions in pending cases today and they will not issue an order list on Monday, according to the influential SCOTUSBlog.

Of the petitions being watched by the Tribal Supreme Court Project, only one Indian law case is ready for action at this point -- Jensen v. EXC, Inc., a tribal jurisdiction case involving members of the Navajo Nation.

The petition has been put off since November, according to the docket sheet, likely because the court has yet to issue a decision in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, another tribal jurisdiction case.

The other petitions being watched by the Tribal Supreme Court Project are still in the briefing stages so they aren't ready to be considered by the justices.

The court is due to return to work next week and is scheduled to hear arguments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It's not yet known if the justices will issue any decisions, according to a editor's note on SCOTUSBlog

A mass and burial for Scalia will take place in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

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