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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It Was About Money, Mr. Trejbal

The relatives of the two victims in the Virginia Tech massacre who decided that they wouldn't take the cash settlement offered by the university a few years ago, but decided instead to pursue their case in court, didn't sue for an apology.

They sued - and got - more money.

Now a Roanoke Times columnist laments the fact that there was no "I'm sorry" included with that fat check.

Here's one of the original filings.  I'm looking for the word "apology" anywhere in the document's lengthy list of alleged damages and sought-after compensations, before or after the number $10,000,000.

In detail:
As a direct and proximate result of the negligence, gross negligence, and reckless disregard of Virginia Tech, Julia Kathleen Pride was killed, and her father, mother, brother, halfbrother, and half-sister have suffered the following damages for which they are entitled to recover:

a) Sorrow mental anguish, and solace which may include the loss of society, companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice of the decedent;

b) Compensation for reasonably expected loss of (i) income of the decedent and (ii) services, protection, care and assistance provided by the decedent;

c) Expenses for the care, treatment and hospitalization of the decedent incident to the injury resulting in death;

d) Reasonable funeral expenses.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs, by counsel, as Personal Representatives of the Estate of Julia Kathleen Pride, deceased, request that this Court enter judgment in his favor and against Defendants, jointly and severally, in the amount of TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000.00) compensatory damages, together with attorneys’ fees, costs of litigation, interest from the date of Julia’s death, and any further relief that this Court may deem appropriate.