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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Sens. McCain, Kyl propose bill to name courthouse after slain Judge Roll

By Ben Pershing

Six days after the death of John M. Roll, the chief federal judge in Arizona, in the shooting spree at a Tucson Safeway, Arizona's two senators are proposing to preserve the memory of the slain jurist by naming a new courthouse for him.

Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R) announced Friday that they would introduce legislation to name the soon-to-be constructed federal courthouse in Yuma the "John M. Roll United States Courthouse."

"We had the privilege and honor of knowing and working with Chief Judge Roll for many years," McCain and Kyl said in a joint statement. "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."

They noted that Roll was "a strong advocate" for building the Yuma courthouse, on which construction will begin this year. The facility should be completed in 2013.

Roll was mourned Friday at a funeral service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Tucson.

By Ben Pershing  | January 14, 2011; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Judge john roll; john roll; john m roll; district judge john roll; john roll killed; Arizona judge killed; Arizona judge john roll; judge killed Tucson; Arizona shooting victim; Tucson shooting victim  
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Posted by: itkonlyyou445 | January 14, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

What they need is a new bill criminalising slander. Libel, and inciting violence so that everyone learns to whatch their word. What good will someones name on a court room goona do for anyone? Absolutely nothing. Make a bill and give it the victims name, stop wasting our time.

Posted by: angelou | January 14, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

What they need is a new bill criminalising slander. Libel, and inciting violence so that everyone learns to whatch their word. What good will someones name on a court room goona do for anyone? Absolutely nothing. Make a bill and give it the victims name, stop wasting our time.

Posted by: angelou | January 14, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for posting my message. It is sad the other people & child who were killed at the same time, and his Congreesswoman Gifford were not mentioned.

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Posted by: sjslate | January 14, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for posting my message. It is sad the other people & child who were killed at the same time, and his Congreesswoman Gifford were not mentioned.

sjs

Posted by: sjslate | January 14, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't John McCain spoken about the horrible tradgy that occurred in his state, which has no gun controls, a state that arrests ummigrants who "might" be illegals. Why does'nt he admit how much money he has received in donations from his NRA pacs?

I my words, he was once a great man,a man who ran for the Presidentcy, but is now an old, angry & despictable mirror of what he had been. This must be his true character.

Posted by: sjslate | January 14, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't John McCain spoken about the horrible tradgy that occurred in his state, which has no gun controls, a state that arrests ummigrants who "might" be illegals. Why does'nt he admit how much money he has received in donations from his NRA pacs?

I my words, he was once a great man,a man who ran for the Presidentcy, but is now an old & despictable mirror of what he had been

Posted by: sjslate | January 14, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Sens. McCain and Kyl. Naming that courthouse for Judge Roll is an excellent idea.

Posted by: Idahopov | January 14, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It would solve the problem of rising unemployment rates and also make a safer environment if millions were quickly trained and hired as behavioral experts. Their job would be to observe and refer to mental health detention centers anybody displaying unusual or erratic behavior. This idea might sound a bit draconian, but these behavioral experts would have detained Jared Loughner and also would nip in the bud any other psychos.

Posted by: morristhewise | January 14, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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