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A rare peek inside the Supreme Court

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>> Most people see the Supreme Court only through pictures of the marbled columned exterior. We wanted to go inside and show what it is like. I am Joan Biskupik, I am a legal editor here at Reuters and I've covered the US Supreme Court for more then 25 years.
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And I'm Jonathan Ernst, a senior photographer for Reuters here in Washington.>> And we got a very special look behind the Supreme Court beginning last October and running through June, chronicling the justices in the private spaces where they work and where they decide the law of the land.
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We were able to get into the chambers of the Chief Justice, John Roberts. He said up lunch with his clerks. They brought in their brown bag lunches. He had a bowl of soup and they were just chatting about some of the day's business. We were in Justice Clarence Thomas's chambers as he was chatting with his law clerks, laughing, practically falling out of his chair.
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He was laughing so hard. We saw Justice Steven Briar, perusing through his antique books, looking for just the right volume to make his point. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened her closet of fancy collars that she wears over her black robe to show us about 20 different collars for which one she wears for when she's about to write, and announce the majority opinion.
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>> Up until this point, my experience photographing the news of the Supreme Court was limited to protests and celebrations, sometimes. So to have this opportunity to go inside the building to meet the people who Work in the Supreme Court, let alone the justices themselves and to see some of these beautiful, beautiful spaces where they work, that was a real treat to be able to see them and to see some of the justices in those spaces actually using them.
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It's not just a showpiece. The area's specifically for the justices, very sedate, very quiet, very sort of reverent. I really do think that of the government buildings we cover in Washington, the Supreme Court building is probably most like a church building.>> No one has ever been able to get behind the scenes to take pictures as Johnathan did of all these justices.
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And the justices are appointed for life. So we're hoping that these pictures stand the test of time and, for years, people will be able to see where they do the work of the court of last resort.