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Cuccinelli Slams DOE, Will Appeal Virginia Tech Fines

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Cuccinelli calls the $55,000 fine -- the maximum allowed -- an example of "Monday morning quarterbacking" at its worst.

In a teleconference Wednesday, Cuccinelli said the federal Department of Education investigators simply tried to buttress a conclusion they already had in mind, but failed to actually visit the Blacksburg campus to talk directly with those who made decisions the day of the mass shooting.

"The DOE's attempt to make scapegoats of dedicated law enforcement officers and the Virginia Tech administration will not solve anything," he says.

Cuccinelli says he considered the wishes of victims' families who were hoping the school would not appeal the fines, but says his ultimate responsibility is to make sure the federal government treats the school fairly.

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