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Statement from Chief Justice Roberts on Death of Judge Roll

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John G. Roberts issued the following statement on the passing of Federal Judge John Roll as a result of today's shooting in Tucson:

"The violence in Arizona today has senselessly taken five lives and inflicted tragic loss on dedicated public servants and their families.  We in the judiciary have suffered the terrible loss of one of our own.  Chief Judge John Roll was a wise jurist who selflessly served Arizona and the nation with great distinction, as attorney and judge, for more than 35 years.  I express my deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his children, as well as the other victims and their families.  Chief Judge Roll's death is a somber reminder of the importance of the rule of law and the sacrifices of those who work to secure it."

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