One of the things that has always bothered me about my job is that the victims get forgotten. Even in ordinary cases, when lawyers or journalists call me up, it’s always about “The Smith Case” or “The James matter.” The names are always the names of the person on trial. Maybe if the person is famous enough the name of the victim remains. “The Kennedy Shooting” for example.
Now, I can understand this, the defendant is the person who has hired the lawyer after all, and is the one on trial. I always get a niggling feeling that the victim gets lost. Even with the shooting in Tuscon the other day, it’s all about Loughner, or “The Giffords shooting”. The other folks are lost. What is even worse, the victims are lost while political opportunists use their sufferings to get elected, or get influence, or get money.
Judge John M. Roll is becoming one of the forgotten victims. There is evidence that in his last moments, he attempted to shield another victim from Loughner’s bullets.
* And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.
– Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5; Babylonian Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 37a