This week I am covering the trial of the civil suits that resulted from the April 16, 2007, campus shootings at Virginia Tech. Two families of the 32 who were killed that day refused the state’s settlement and filed suit against the university on the second anniversary of the shootings. I’ve been covering the case ever since then, and today is expected to be the last day of arguments.
In today’s paper (and online of course) you will find my latest story, Was it enough?, which distills the arguments down for campus readers and allows them some insight into the key points of contention. It should be noted that all individual defendants have been dropped, so while the case was originally for $10 million in damages, the maximum amount the plaintiffs could win is now $100,000
My coverage will continue until the end of the proceedings. Unfortunately, cell phones and computers are not allowed in the courthouse, so I cannot tweet the event, but check collegiatetimes.com or this blog for updates.
To catch up on the case, read some of my stories going all the way back to its filing in 2009:
Tech faces April 16 suits, April 20, 2009
Revised report, suits stir April 16 debate, Dec. 8, 2009
Steger, mental health officials to stand trial, Jan. 19, 2010
Answers lie in wait, April 16, 2010