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Chief Justice's Statement on Death of Judge Roll

January 08, 2011

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., issued the following statement regarding the January 8, 2011, death of Chief Judge John Roll.

Statement from Chief Justice Roberts:

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.