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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Judge John Roll Dead: Killed In Arizona Shooting - In one afternoon, Roll logged more than 200 phone calls. Callers threatened the judge and family

Judge John Roll Dead: Killed In Arizona Shooting

Federal Judge John Roll was killed during a shooting in Arizona that also involved an attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales confirmed to the Associated Press that the U.S. District Judge had died. He offered no other details on the shooting.

Arizona Central talked to Gonzales in 2009 after Roll allowed a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit to proceed against a local rancher. The case was filed by illegal immigrants and drew the ire of local talk radio hosts, who "spurred audiences into making threats."

In one afternoon, Roll logged more than 200 phone calls. Callers threatened the judge and his family. They posted personal information about Roll online.
"They said, 'We should kill him. He should be dead,' " Gonzales said.
Both Roll and his wife were given a U.S. Marshals Service protection detail at the time. Roll called the month-long protection experience "unnerving and invasive." According to Arizona Central, authorities identified four men believed to be responsible for the threats, but Roll declined to press charges at the recommendation of the Marshals Service.
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Nevada Republican "Tea Party" Senate candidate Sharon Angle talked about "Second Amendment remedies" if she lost. She lost. Violent rhetoric has consequences.

John H. Armwood

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