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Discovery documents released in Tech shooting cases

Interrogatory answers from the clinical psychologist who accidentally removed Seung-Hui Cho’s mental health records from the Virginia Tech counseling center have been released by his attorney.

The discovery information from Robert Miller is posted online by The Roanoke Times .  The interrogatories were served pursuant to the lawsuits filed against state officials by families of two victims of the April 2007 shootings.

As the paper reports, Cho’s records are described by Miller as standard triage forms used  to record emergency sessions with patients.  According to Miller, Cho’s forms were authored by staff members who are named as defendants in the suits. The forms were signed off on by Gary Bennett, a psychologist at the counseling center, the document states.  Bennett is not named in the suits.

Miller recalled being asked shortly after the shootings if he had Cho’s records.  Miller stated that he denied having them at the time because he did not know he had taken them home.

As The Washington Post reports, Miller was in the process of being fired as director of the counseling center when he took the records to his home.  The Post also notes Miller never was interviewed for the investigations into the Cho killings.

By Peter Vieth

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