John M. Roll Courthouse Opens For Business

John M. Roll Courthouse Opens For Business

Story By: Tim Lavigne Meteorologist and Reporter

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - The New John M. Roll Courthouse is now open for business. The Federal judge the court was named after was killed along with 5 others in an assassination attempt on former U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Roll was the first federal judge to be murdered in office since 1989.

13 On Your Side spoke with Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal Fidencio Rivera about the person that John Roll was. Rivera says Roll was a religious, health conscious man that performed his duties honorably.

"His loss caused a void in the court" says Rivera, who worked closely with the chief judge. The U.S. Marshals service is tasked with protecting the federal judiciary. Rivera says he knew Roll's family closely, and it hit them hard to hear of his death.

The 25 million dollar courthouse will come with 2 new courtrooms, 2 jury chambers, and state of the art technology. Rivera says it is a fitting tribute for a judge that devoted so much of his life to upholding the letter of the law.

There is no word on when there will be an official dedication ceremony.

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