Monday, January 10, 2011
Judge John McCarthy Roll, Chief Judge of the United States District of Arizona, was killed by gunfire Saturday. Appointed by President Bush in 1991, Roll's Federal Judicial Center profile is here and his judgepedia profile is here. Extensive coverage of Roll's career and the circumstances of his death is available from The Wall Street Journal here.
The Press Release from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona provides:
January 8, 2011 -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has suffered a grievous loss today with the untimely death of Chief Judge John M. Roll, who was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd at an event hosted by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. Judge Roll was appointed to the federal bench in 1991, and served as chief judge of the district since 2006. The devoted husband, father of three, grandfather of five, and friend to all who knew him, will be greatly missed by his family and community. He was a warm, compassionate judge and inspirational leader in what is one of the busiest districts in the country. His death will leave a significant void in the District of Arizona and the entire federal judiciary, and we are all deeply saddened.
The court's website also features an entry for USA v. Jared Lee Loughner, with a copy of the criminal complaint, count 3 of which concerns Judge Roll, as an employee of the United States who was "engaged in performance of his official duties."