- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine on Monday notified the families of Virginia Tech shooting victims that he will not reconvene a panel that investigated the circumstances surrounding the April 2007 incident.

An e-mail sent by Kaine adviser Mark Rubin ruled out reassembling the group.

“While we would not rule out inviting willing members of the panel to review proposed revisions to the report, we are sensitive that there are families who expressly do not want to reconvene the panel. Our hope is that the current process for revisions will satisfy the need for a thorough report without upsetting families like your own any further,” the e-mail said.

Victims’ relatives last week criticized the commonwealth’s report for “grave errors, misinformation and glaring omissions.” The statement from the families came on the same day Mr. Kaine said he would ensure that the report released two years ago is updated and corrected.

The recently recovered medical records for shooter Seung-hui Cho also will be included in the report. Cho killed 32 students and professors and wounded several others before turning the gun on himself.

Cho’s mental health records were found last month at the home of a former campus doctor, Dr. Robert Miller. Dr. Miller’s attorney, Edward J. McNelis, said the records were inadvertently put in a box when the doctor left his job more than a year before the April 2007 rampage.

Mr. Rubin gave an Aug. 19 deadline for corrections to be submitted for review. At that time, TriData, the independent professional staff that worked with the panel on the original report, will review the suggested changes and submit a report to Mr. Kaine.

Mr. Kaine said last week on his monthly radio program on the Virginia News Network that any of the panelists who wanted to help were welcome to do so.

The panel, appointed by Mr. Kaine, was headed by former state police Superintendent W. Gerald Massengill and included Tom Ridge, the nation’s first homeland security secretary.

“These were all volunteers, and I can’t compel them to be involved — and I’m not sure they all want to be — and I also have some family members who are saying that, frankly, they don’t want to go through it again,” Mr. Kaine said.

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