FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2011
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (602) 340-7335, Mobile: (602) 513-6385
Email: rick.debruhl@staff.azbar.org

Federal Judge John M. Roll Killed in Tucson

PHOENIX - Leaders of the State Bar of Arizona were shaken by the news of Judge Roll's death. President Alan P. Bayham Jr. remarked, "Our state and nation have lost a true champion of justice.  Judge Roll's contributions to our profession and to Arizona will live on in the countless lives he touched in and outside the courtroom.  The senseless act of violence that took his life and the lives of others stands in stark contrast to John Roll's humanity and compassion.  We will miss him very much.  Our prayers are with his family and the families of Rep. Giffords and the other victims killed or injured in this senseless attack."

Former State Bar President Dee-Dee Samet, a Tucson lawyer and longtime friend of the judge, commented, "Judge John Roll was not just a great lawyer and respected judge, but he was a true friend and wonderful human-being.  I don't know of a kinder or more considerate person.  My heart goes out to his wife, Maureen, and their family.  I think Judge Roll  would want us all to carry on, despite this horrific event, to serve our community and to not lose faith; that's just the  type of person he was." 

A law graduate of the University of Arizona, Judge Roll went on to receive his Masters of Laws Degree in 1990 from the University of Virginia School of Law.  He began his legal career in the Pima County Superior Court, and then became the Deputy County Attorney for Pima County.  He later joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.  During his tenure he led the organized drug crimes task force, specializing in large drug cases.  From 1987 to 1991, Roll served as a State Appeals Judge in the Division Two Arizona Court of Appeals and was named Presiding Judge and later vice chief judge. He was nominated to the Federal Bench in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.


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