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Judge John McCarthy Roll

Judge John McCarthy Roll

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Jan 2011 (aged 63)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Plot Unmarked grave & confidential location as of March 2011
Memorial ID 63936754 · View Source
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United States federal judge. The Honorable John McCarthy Roll was the chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and was shot to death at a "Congress on Your Corner" gathering hosted by Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, the Democratic United States Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. Eighteen or nineteen people were shot with a 9 mm Glock pistol with an extended magazine, including Rep. Giffords, the apparently intended victim. Six people died including Chief Judge Roll; Congressional Aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; nine-year old Christina Taylor Green; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79.

John Roll served with distinction in the U.S. Navy. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law, and an an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before ascending to the bench, he became known for being a conservative Republican. After a serving in various legal positions from 1972 to 1987, including bailiff for an Arizona state court, assistant city attorney of Tuscon, deputy county attorney of Pima County, instructor at the University of Arizona College of Law, and assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, John Roll became a state judge in 1987 and served on the Court of Appeals, Division Two, for the State of Arizona. He was promoted to vice-chief judge in 1991. President George H. W. Bush nominated Judge Roll to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in 1991, and the United States Senate confirmed his appointment on November 22, 1991. In 1994, Roll was one of several district court judges who held that provisions of the Brady Law violated the Tenth Amendment. That holding was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in the related case of Printz v. United States. Judge Roll was promoted to chief judge in 2006.

United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued the following statement about the shooting (before the death of Christina Taylor Green, the sixth person to die in the shooting):
"The violence in Arizona today has senselessly taken five lives and inflicted tragic loss on dedicated public servants and their families. We in the judiciary have suffered the terrible loss of one of our own. Chief Judge John Roll was a wise jurist who selflessly served Arizona and the nation with great distinction, as attorney and judge, for more than 35 years. I express my deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his children, as well as the other victims and their families. Chief Judge Roll's death is a somber reminder of the importance of the rule of law and the sacrifices of those who work to secure it."
In honor of slain U.S. District Judge John Roll, the Knights of Columbus Tucson Chapter has changed its name to "Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter" in September 2011. Judge Roll was fourth-degree member of the organization and served for 24 years.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Judge John McCarthy Roll (8 Feb 1947–8 Jan 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63936754, citing Holy Hope Cemetery and Mausoleum, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Cori H (contributor 46481123) .