John Roemer, retired judge killed in attack, remembered for his dedication

Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John Roemer, seen here in 2007, is known for his passion and empathy on the bench.  He was killed Friday at his home in a targeted attack, authorities said.

The retired Juneau County judge, who was killed Friday in what authorities said was an attack related to the justice system, “cared deeply” about doing his job well, a former district attorney said.

John Roemer, 68, was a “brilliant jurist who spent an incredible amount of time doing the right thing,” said Scott Southworth, who served as the Juneau County prosecutor from 2005 to 2013.

“I learned a lot from him,” he said.

A 56-year-old man allegedly shot him at his home ‘based on some kind of court case or court cases,’ Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul told a news conference on Friday. . The “targeted act” included other intended victims, Kaul said, although the attorney general did not identify them.

Law enforcement officers found Roemer dead when they entered his New Lisbon home, then found the shooter in the basement with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is believed to be in critical condition, Kaul said Friday. Authorities have yet to release the name of the shooter.

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