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Stevens' colleagues pay respects in Supreme Court ceremony

Associate Justice Elena Kagan, left, accompanied by, from center left, retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Ashley Kavanaugh, the wife of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Chief Justice John Roberts, asks for a moment of silence as she finishes speaking at a private ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 22, 2019, where the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens lies in repose. Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool
Associate Justice Elena Kagan, left, accompanied by, from center left, retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Ashley Kavanaugh, the wife of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Chief Justice John Roberts, asks for a moment of silence as she finishes speaking at a private ceremony in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, July 22, 2019, where the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens lies in repose.

Updated: July 22, 2019 09:49 AM

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has been remembered as a "brilliant man" with a "deep devotion to the rule of law" during a ceremony at the court where he served for nearly 35 years.

Stevens died last week in Florida at age 99 after suffering a stroke, and his body is in repose in the court's Great Hall.

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At a ceremony Monday morning, Justice Elena Kagan called Stevens modest and humble. Kagan replaced Stevens on the court when he retired in 2010.

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Six of Stevens' former colleagues were at the court to pay their respects. Besides Kagan, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor attended the ceremony along with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Stevens will be buried Tuesday in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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