Columbine Depositions

By: AP
By: AP

Depositions by the parents of the Columbine High School gunmen will be kept secret for 25 years under an agreement a federal judge proposed Friday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock suggested the plan in order to settle a dispute over whether the depositions should be destroyed.

It's NOT immediately clear what would happen to the documents at the end of the 25 years.

The parents of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gave the depositions as part of a civil suit filed against them by families of victims of the 1999 massacre.

A magistrate ordered the depositions destroyed after the suit was settled out of court.

The victims' families, the Rocky Mountain News, the National Archives and others objected.

The objections were based on arguments that the documents had historical value, and could contain lessons to prevent school shootings.

Babcock asked attorneys for both sides to respond to his proposal in within two weeks.

Harris and Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives on April 20th, 1999.


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