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Revision as of 18:51, 4 January 2011

John McCarthy Roll is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Roll is the Chief Judge of the court serving as the court's lead judicial administrative officer in conjunction with the Clerk of Court in the day to day operations of the Court.

Early life and education

A native Pennsylvanian, Roll graduated from the University of Arizona with his Bachelor's Degree in 1969 and his J.D. degree in 1972. Roll later graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with his Masters of Laws Degree in 1990

Legal career

Roll began his career as a Bailiff in the Pima County Superior Court from 1972 to 1973. Roll also became an Assistant city attorney for the City of Tucson in 1973. Later in 1973, Roll became the Deputy county attorney dealing with criminal cases for Pima County from 1973 to 1980. Then in 1980, Roll joined the US Attorney's Office as an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1980 to 1987. While with the US Attorney's Office, Roll led the organized drug crimes task force specializing in large drug cases from 1982 to 1986 before becoming the lead civil attorney for the US Attorney's Office from 1986 to 1987. Then from 1987 to 1991, Roll was appointed as a State Appeals Judge in the Division Two Arizona Court of Appeals and while as appeals judge served as the Presiding Judge for Division Two from 1988 to 1991 before becoming vice chief judge in 1991. Later in 1991, Roll was a Criminal Superior Court Judge in the Pima County Superior Court before his nomination to the Federal Bench in 1991. Roll also served as a clinical instructor for the University of Arizona College of Law from 1978 to 1979.

Federal judicial career

On the recommendation of Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain, Roll was nominated by President George Bush on September 23, 1991 to a seat vacated by Alfred Marquez as Marquez assumed senior status. Roll was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 22, 1991 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on November 25, 1991[1]. Roll served as the chief judge of the District of Arizona since 2006.

Immigration suit threats

Judge Roll in 2009, faced death threats after presiding over a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by illegal immigrants against an Arizona rancher. After Judge Roll ruled the case would be certified, threats came from talk-radio shows which fueled controversy and spurred audiences into making threats against the judge[2].

The threats materialized after one show, Judge Roll's name logged more than 200 phone calls as some callers threatened the judge and his family[2].

This resulted in the judge and his wife were under a protection detail for one month as Judge Roll was given twenty four hours a day, seven days a week security by the US Marshals Service. An US Attorney's investigation ruled that four men were identified as threat makers, but no charges were filed[2].

In a July 9, 2009 interview with the Arizona Republic, Judge Roll described the time under high security as "unnerving and invasive. . . . By its nature it has to be," Roll said. Roll also said, "It (the security) was handled very professionally by the Marshals Service."[2]

At the end of the month, Roll said four key men had been identified as threat makers[2].

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