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US Lawmakers, Public Mourn Deceased Chief Justice

A private funeral for the late United States Chief Justice William Rehnquist will be held Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington D.C.

Memorial observances began Tuesday for the conservative chief justice in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court building in Washington. President Bush paid his respects to the late chief justice, pausing for a moment of silence beside his flag-draped coffin.

The public memorial continues until noon today.

Mr. Rehnquist died of cancer Saturday at the age of 80.

He was first appointed to the nine-member court by President Nixon in 1972. President Reagan appointed him chief justice 14 years later, in 1986.

President Bush has nominated federal appeals court judge John Roberts to be the next chief justice. Senate confirmation hearings for Mr. Roberts are scheduled to begin Monday.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.