Supreme Court delays arguments for Bush national day of mourning

Supreme Court delays arguments for Bush national day of mourning
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The Supreme Court is delaying its Wednesday arguments in order to observe the national day of mourning planned for former President George H.W. Bush.

The high court was scheduled to hear oral arguments for Gamble v. United States, a case about the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment, on Wednesday. The justices will now hear the arguments the following day, according to the Supreme Court announcement.  

The late former president's funeral will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Washington National Cathedral. He is set to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday through Wednesday morning.


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Bush died at his Houston home on Friday. He was 94 years old.

Multiple members of the Supreme Court have close ties to Bush. Bush nominated Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, and Chief Justice John Roberts worked in the Bush administration as the Justice Department's principal deputy solicitor general.    

Bush served as the 41st U.S. President for one term, from 1989 to 1993, and the 43rd Vice President from 1981 to 1989.