Principals In Va Tech Lawsuit Appeal To Justices

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Attorneys for the parents of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre asked Tuesday for a Supreme Court hearing on their request to put Tech's president on trial for negligence, while the state sought to reverse a jury's conclusion that the state was negligent for failing to alert students right away when the shootings began on the campus.

Both sides asked a panel of three Supreme Court justices to decide if the full court will hear the appeals. A decision is expected in four to six weeks.

The dueling appeals stem from a jury's findings in March 2012 that the university botched its response to the April 16, 2007, killing spree, which left the gunman and 32 students and faculty dead in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Jurors awarded the parents of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson each $4 million for the negligence verdict, but a judge later reduced the damages to the state cap on such awards at $100,000. Only the state was named in the lawsuit.

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