Va. college leaders to stand by Tech president in court

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Virginia’s public university and community college presidents are standing by Virginia Tech’s president, arguing he should have immunity from a civil action stemming from the April 2007 massacre on his Blacksburg campus.

The 24 higher education leaders have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the state Supreme Court. The court is expected to hear arguments this summer in a case that seeks to put Tech President Charles Steger on trial for his actions on the day 32 students and faculty were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Attorneys for the families of two of the deceased students, Erin Nicole Peterson and Julian K. Pryde, are seeking a full state Supreme Court hearing on their quest to bring Steger to trial for negligence.

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