Federal Judge John M. Roll Dies in Arizona Shooting

Federal Judge John M. Roll was among those killed in Tucson, Arizona this morning which severly injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The gunman has been identified as 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner.

From the Washington Post:

John. M. Roll, the federal judge killed Saturday in the Tucson shooting that critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), has been at the center of the state’s complicated political battle over immigration.

In February 2009, Roll received hundreds of threats after he allowed a lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against a rancher to go forward. “They cursed him out, threatened to kill his family, said they’d come and take care of him. They really wanted him dead,” a law enforcement official told The Washington Post in May 2009.

Threats against federal judges and prosecutors nationwide have been soaring in recent years. There is no indication he was the gunman’s target, and witness accounts describe the shooter as firing at Giffords first.

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9 Comments on “Federal Judge John M. Roll Dies in Arizona Shooting”

  1. Federal Judge John M. Roll Dies in Arizona Shooting « Kreuzer's Korner…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  2. Mary Beth Says:

    This is absolutely horrifying. So senseless! My prayers for Hon. John Roll’s family. Fortunately,
    Rep. Giffords is improving.

    Hopefully, Loughner will never see the light of day!

  3. OneOp Says:

    Rep. Gifford also has died.

  4. Anne Bradley Says:

    There is much more to this,in my opinion.My guess is that one or more got an easy to manipulate young man,to do the killing.I hope he cooperates with authorities.Yet our country has been lax on punishment to the deserving.If this issue alone was more regulated,all those in prison would deserve it.Anyone who kills a judicial authority,regardless of controversy in his or her job,should face the death penalty automatically.I noticed where an individual filed suite against this judge.Much better action to do in our civil country.I know nothing about the case which illegal immigrants placed against a rancher.Let them have their day in court,I’d say.The disregard for life in this country is disgraceful at times.Make the punishment fit the crime and many who consider murdering would not anymore.That is what punishment is meant for.Prisons are too often more priviledged than homeless shelters.Our society is losing its spine of morality,civility.We are supposed to be the leaders of those ideals.Thank you.

  5. Kreuzer33 Says:

    She has not passed away as of 9 p.m. (PT). She was alert but in critical condition.

  6. Honeydog Says:

    *Anne Bradley*, I could not agree with you more. I’ve been saying it for the longest time now. We have our own stupidity and foolish methods to blame and thank for what people get away with and the way this Country is suffering in general, and we simply continue to promote and enable, for the sake of being “fair”, while the proper procedures and truly neccessary consequences are much too “inappropriate” or “harsh” for our “honorable” standing in the World. Funny, while we are dead-set on maintaining our fantasized and broken reputation, other Countries do what they have to do to enforce and maintain CONTROL. We’ve lost our grip on just about everything, and if being a Joke means being Honorable, we surely get that award. While I don’t mean that we should be forced to walk on eggshells, give-up our Freedoms, and live in fear… oh never mind… we already are. But then that’s another issue and problem, for all the wrong reasons and justification. It’s just all ass-backwards.

  7. i am sorry that the judge john roll had to get killed and i am sorry that the other 5 people got shot and killed this is crazy especially the 9 year old girl i was in shock when i heard about her she was to young to die. And all the others that were wounded i hope you guys get well soon.

  8. I Am sorry that judge john roll had to get killed my heart goes out to him and his family and my heart also goes out to gabrielle giffords and the others that were shot. gabrielle giffords i hope you get well soon.

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