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Mourners pay tribute outside U.S. Supreme Court as battle brews over RBG's successor

Matthew Kronzek, of Washington, D.C. takes a photo at the Supreme Court as people honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON, Wash. — Mourners are streaming past the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in a tranquil show of respect for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Across the street on Capitol Hill, however, a much less serene political battle is brewing over how to succeed the legendary high-court liberal.

Ginsburg, only the second woman to ever sit on the Supreme Court, died Friday at 87 of complications from cancer.

Her death has seized the U.S. by the lapels, not least because it gives President Donald Trump a chance to install another conservative jurist before the Nov. 3 election.

Trump says he expects to name a nominee before the end of the week, likely Friday or Saturday.

Democrats have vowed to block the effort, insisting the choice should be made by the next president.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2020.

The Canadian Press