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Jan092011

Federal Judge Among Victims in Arizona Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Roll Call/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- One of the victims in Saturday's deadly shooting in Tucson, Ariz., was Judge John Roll, 63, who had served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona since 1991.

U.S. District Judge Roll was nominated to the bench by President George H.W. Bush, after being recommended by Sen. John McCain. Before that, Roll served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, where he was appointed in 1987 after a stint as the assistant U.S. attorney in Arizona. In 2006 he had become the chief judge for the District of Arizona.

Roll was familiar with the hostility and controversy that could surround political issues in the state of Arizona. In 2009, Roll and his wife received protection from the U.S. Marshall's Service after he began receiving death threats. At the time he was presiding over a controversial civil rights lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against an Arizona rancher. Roll told one Arizona paper that it was an "unnerving and invasive" experience.

Before taking his seat on the bench, Roll was considered to be a Republican, but his friends insist his politics never played a role in his decisions once he was on the bench.

While Roll made his career in Arizona, he grew up in Pittsburgh, moving west to attend the University of Arizona, where he would go on to receive both his bachelor's and law degree.

Roll is survived by his wife and three children.

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