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Text of E-Mail to Va. Tech Families

* Kaine Rejects Request to Reconvene Va. Tech Panel *

Dear Families,
I am writing in response to your public statement requesting a reconvene of the Virginia Tech Review Panel chaired by Gerald Massengill. The Governor greatly appreciates the concerns you have raised and agrees it is of critical importance that there be as complete and accurate an accounting of the events on April 16, 2007 as is possible.

As you know, we committed to you last fall that we would take a look at any suggestions you--and others--have regarding corrections or revisions to the report issued by the Review Panel. We have a process in place to review these suggestions and have asked that submissions be made by August 19. We are engaging TriData, the independent professional staff that worked with the Panel on the original report, to review the suggested changes to the factual narrative and provide a report to the Governor. The recently recovered medical records for Seung Hui Cho will certainly be a part of that review.

There are challenges to reconvening the Review Panel, which was comprised of volunteers. 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.

We are deeply sympathetic to the feelings brought up by the recovery of Seung Hui Cho's medical records and we appreciate your willingness to work with us on these issues. We welcome your thoughts and concerns as we move forward in this endeavor.

Mark Rubin
Counselor to Governor Kaine

By Mike McPhate  |  August 3, 2009; 3:11 PM ET
Categories:  Timothy M. Kaine  
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