Judge proposes keeping Columbine depositions secret for 25 years | SummitDaily.com

Judge proposes keeping Columbine depositions secret for 25 years

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

U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock suggested the plan to settle a dispute over whether the depositions should be destroyed. It was 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. After the suit was settled out of court, a magistrate ordered the depositions destroyed.

The victims’ families, the Rocky Mountain News, the National Archives and others objected, arguing 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 20, 1999.

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