Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, 1947-2011
January 10, 2011
Chief Judge John M. Roll of the District of Arizona died on January 8, 2011. He was 63. Judge Roll was one of several victims fatally shot outside a Tucson grocery store during an attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Judge Roll was appointed to the federal bench in 1991 after serving as an Arizona state judge. He also had worked as a state and federal prosecutor. He became chief judge of the district court in 2006.
Flags outside federal courthouses were flown at half staff on January 10, 2011, to honor Judge Roll.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. issued a statement on behalf of the entire Federal Judiciary.