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Legislation to Name Yuma Courthouse in Roll's Honor
U.S. Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl of Arizona have introduced legislation to name the soon-to-be constructed federal courthouse in Yuma, Arizona, the "John M. Roll United States Courthouse." In a joint statement shortly after the shooting, the senators said:
"We had the privilege and honor of knowing and working with Chief Judge Roll for many years. He was known for his fairness to all who appeared before him in his courtroom, both plaintiffs and defendants. As chief judge, he was a tireless advocate for all Arizonans, working to guarantee the federal courts in our state were capable of handling the growing caseload while ensuring swift justice for all. On Saturday morning he was tragically killed continuing this advocacy. We are eternally grateful for his many years of public service as a bailiff, a prosecutor and a judge.
"Our state has lost an outstanding jurist, a true and able public servant, and a great Arizonan. Therefore, we believe naming the soon-to-be constructed courthouse in his honor is befitting the rich legacy he leaves behind."
Chief Judge Roll was a strong advocate for the addition of a new courthouse in Yuma and recently approved the design for the building. Construction is scheduled to begin on the courthouse in July 2011 and completion is anticipated by 2013.