Va. Supreme Court overturns Va. Tech ruling

Posted at 10:22 AM, Oct 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-31 13:48:26-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The Virginia Supreme Court has "overturned a multimillion-dollar jury award against the state and Virginia Tech related to the killing of two students on campus April 16, 2007," according to report on

"While words cannot express the tremendous sympathy we have for the families who lost their loved ones in the Virginia Tech shootings of 2007 -- including the Prydes and the Petersons -- the Virginia Supreme Court has found what we have said all along to be true:  The commonwealth and its officials at Virginia Tech were not negligent on April 16, 2007.  Cho was the lone person responsible for this tragedy," Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

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"We are also very pleased that the Supreme Court recognized and corrected the errors of the lower court which resulted in a faulty jury verdict," a statement from Virginia Tech President Charles Steger read. "While these rulings are favorable to the commonwealth and her employees, they simply clarify the law and, indirectly, shine a light on the underlying cause of the mass tragedy of April 16.  The Court’s actions can never reverse the loss of lives nor the pain experienced by so many families and friends of victims of one person.  In the end, the cause of these heinous acts and continuing heartbreak was a troubled and angry young man with easy access to powerful killing weapons."

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