Panel Upholds Judge's Ruling on Columbine Records

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A Federal Appeals Court panel has upheld a judge's decision to keep statements made by the parents of the teenage gunmen who attacked Columbine High School sealed for 20 years.

U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock ruled in April 2007 that depositions by the parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold would remain sealed for two decades in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. The depositions were made for a lawsuit that was settled out of court.

Babcock's ruling also blocked a school violence expert from reviewing the documents.

The parents of two Columbine victims appealed, saying the depositions belonged to the parents who filed the lawsuit and should remain in their custody.

In a 2-1 decision filed today, a 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Panel disagreed.

The panel said that because the depositions qualified as “records” under the federal records act, Babcock had the authority to transfer them to the National Archives and Records Administration.

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