Colo. Supreme Court hears Columbine case

Sept. 14, 2005 at 11:18 AM
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DENVER, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the public release of sensitive evidence in the 1999 Columbine High School slayings.

The Tuesday arguments pitted the Denver Post against the parents of the killers and the Jefferson County (Colo.) Sheriff's Department, the Rocky Mountain News reported.

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

The killers' parents brought the challenge, arguing that tapes and records taken from their home are personal property and should not be released to the public -- even though much of the information was already seen by the media. The sheriff's department agreed.

However, the Denver Post argued the information should be available for public release via Colorado's Criminal Justice Records Act.

Brian Rohrbough, the father of slain student Daniel Rohrbough, supported the newspaper's stand.

Rohrbough said the documents "shine a glaring light" on actions of the killers' parents and the sheriff's department, which has been investigated for allegedly covering up information, the newspaper reported.

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