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Judge John Roll mourned as a fair jurist and family man

A hearse arrives at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church for the funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll on Friday. The longtime judge was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting.

Associated Press

A hearse arrives at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church for the funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll on Friday. The longtime judge was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting.

Federal District Judge John M. Roll, who was killed Jan. 8 at a meet-and-greet event being held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was mourned Friday in Tucson, Ariz.

Roll, who came to meet Giffords at a supermarket meet-and-greet after attending a morning Mass, was remembered at a service at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where a day earlier a funeral was held for the youngest victim, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green.

Security was especially tight for the service because many of his judicial colleagues and other dignitaries were attending.

Thousands of mourners were in the church after they were screened by deputies and federal officials.

During the funeral, Roll's older brother, Ed, recalled how the family had moved to Arizona from Pittsburgh because their mother was in poor health. She eventually died when Roll was 15. Ed Roll told mourners Roll changed his middle name from Paul to his Irish mother's maiden name, McCarthy, "to keep that part of the family alive."

Roll's three sons were among the pallbearers. Dignitaries including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl attended. Former Vice President Dan Quayle brought a handwritten message from former President George H.W. Bush, who appointed Roll to the bench in 1991. Relatives and judges gave readings at the service, which ended with When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

Roll was an Arizona Court of Appeals and state trial court judge from 1987 to 1991. He worked as a city, county and federal prosecutor from 1973 until his appointment to the bench. He also worked for two years as a bailiff in the Pima County courts in the early 1970s.

He earned undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Arizona and an advanced law degree from the University of Virginia. He was an avid golfer and was heavily involved in his church, St. Thomas the Apostle.

Roll is survived by his wife, Maureen, three sons and five grandchildren.

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times

Giffords' breathing tube may be removed today

Physicians at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., may try to remove Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' breathing tube today, the next major hurdle in her recovery, Dr. Peter Rhee said Friday. Doing so will allow them to assess how well she is able to talk after being shot in the head Jan. 8.

Her recovery continues to amaze doctors. "We couldn't have hoped for any better improvement than we are seeing now given the severity of her injury," said Dr. Michael Lemole, a neurosurgeon who has been a key member of the team treating her.

During the week, Giffords has passed a number of milestones, including moving her hands and arms, opening her eyes, responding to commands, sitting up in bed and lifting her legs. She has also been breathing on her own, but the team left the breathing tube in to prevent the buildup of fluids in her lungs that could lead to pneumonia.

If doctors remove the tube, she can be released from the intensive care unit to a normal hospital ward and her condition will be downgraded from critical to serious and the focus will shift to the rehabilitation process.

In the very best of circumstances, she could probably go home in a few days and have outpatient physical and speech therapy.

More likely, however, if she is having some difficulties, has some risk of falls, substantial impairment of the use of her arms and hands, and problems with her speech, she would go to an acute rehabilitation facility for at least two weeks and perhaps longer.

Los Angeles Times

Official says suspect posed in G-string with a gun

A law enforcement official said Friday that authorities have photos of the suspected Arizona shooter posing with a gun, dressed only in a bright red G-string, the Associated Press reported. AP said the official did not want to be identified. Authorities said Friday suspect Jared Loughner, 22, took the film to be developed on Jan. 7, the eve of the rampage that killed six people and critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The Pima County Sheriff's Office said Loughner picked up the film a few hours later from a Walgreens. On Jan. 8, Loughner posted "Goodbye friends" on his MySpace page at 4:12 a.m., then bought bullets and a backpack-style diaper bag at Walmart at 7:27 a.m., according to authorities. Loughner remains in custody.

Associated Press

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