January 9, 2011

Federal Judge, John Roll, killed in Arizona

It was an event that represented American democracy at its finest – a Congresswoman making herself available on a street corner to anyone who wanted to raise concerns about local issues with her. But it left six dead and 12 wounded, among them several who had given their lives to public service.

The dead included John Roll, 63, the top federal judge for the state of Arizona, who had received many death threats since he was appointed by George Bush senior in 1991.

Two years ago he was given a 24-hour police guard amid a furore prompted by his decision to allow a group of illegal Mexican immigrants to bring a lawsuit against a rancher who had arrested them at gunpoint walking across his land.

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