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Thursday
Feb172011

Obama to Sign Bill Naming Courthouse After Judge Slain in Tucson

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will sign into law Thursday a bill that will honor one of the victims killed during the shooting in Tucson, Arizona on Jan. 8.

The bill will allow a new federal courthouse in Yuma, Arizona to take on the name of federal Judge John M. Roll, who was one of the six people killed in the shooting, along with 13 others who were wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The legislation was “strongly supported” by Giffords' office.

Speaking on the courthouse last week, the judge's widow, Maureen roll, said, “My husband worked very hard to secure funding for this badly needed facility.  He was proud to serve his country on the federal bench and he would be honored to have his name on this courthouse.”

Pia Carusone, chief of staff for Giffords, is expected to attend the signing ceremony.

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