CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE JOHN M. ROLL, 1947-2011
The violence in Arizona today has senselessly taken six 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.
-Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., January 8, 2011