High court declines to review settlement in Columbine case | SummitDaily.com

High court declines to review settlement in Columbine case

WASHINGTON ” The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review whether the parents of a teen killed in the Columbine High School shootings can back out of a settlement with the gunmen’s parents and others.

Without comment, justices let stand a lower court ruling that rejected Michael and Vonda Shoels’ claim that they had accepted the settlement because of a mistake made at their lawyer’s office.

The parents had argued that the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling unfairly took away their right to go to trial over the shootings.

Isaiah Shoels was among 12 students and a teacher killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. The gunmen then took their own lives.

In 2001, the Harris and Klebold families agreed to pay about $1.6 million to more than two dozen families of victims and survivors, and the families agreed to drop lawsuits alleging the teens’ parents let them amass weapons used in the massacre.

The case is Shoels v. Klebold et al, 04-710.

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