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Principals in Va Tech lawsuit appeal to justices

Tuesday - 2/12/2013, 3:30pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A three-justice panel has heard competing arguments stemming from a successful suit brought by two families of Virginia Tech students killed in a 2007 campus massacre.

An attorney for the parents argued Tuesday that Tech's President Charles Steger (STEE'-gur) should be tried for his actions on April 16, 2007, while the state is seeking a reversal of a jury's verdict for the families in a wrongful death lawsuit one year ago.

The justices will decide whether the full state Supreme Court should hear their appeals. That decision is expected in four to six weeks.

The successful lawsuit brought by the Tech parents only named the state. Steger was not named.

Thirty-three people died during shooting rampage, including the gunman, who killed himself.

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