Judge slain at Tucson political event was UVA grad
One of the people slain by a gunman at an Arizona political event was a federal judge who graduated from an advanced legal study program at the University of Virginia School of Law. John Roll, the judge slain in the Saturday, January 8 massacre targeting Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, earned a legal master's degree from UVA in 1990.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragic shootings of Representative Giffords, members of her staff, and other victims," freshman Virginia Congressman Robert Hurt said in a prepared statement.
The 63-year-old Roll received his J.D. law degree from the University of Arizona in 1972. UVA pundit Larry Sabato notes on his own Twitter feed that Roll was "well regarded" by those who knew him at the University.
With the Arizona suspect 22 years old; Sabato (who is working on a book about John F. Kennedy) has noticed a pattern of assassins and would-be assassins to be in their 20s. He cites other prominent examples: John Wilkes Booth (27), Leon Czolgosz (28), Lee Harvey Oswald (24), Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme (27), and John Hinckley Jr. (26).
In 2009, Roll was the recipient of death threats when he allowed a $32 million civil-rights lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against an Arizona rancher to move forward. He and his family then were given a month-long security detail, according to the New York Times. However, it appears, according to the Times, that he was merely a bystander when he was struck down, a person in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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