Supreme Court Makes Decision in A&M Bonfire Lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a ruling that says Texas A&M officials can't be held responsible for deaths and injuries in the 1999 bonfire collapse.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April upheld a lower decision that found the concept of "state-created danger" was not established law in the circuit at the time of the accident.

The nearly 60-foot-high stack of more than 5,000 logs collapsed as students were building it -- killing 12 Aggies and injuring 27.

Victims attorney Robert Peck says Tuesday's high court decision is not on the merits of the case.

A&M spokesman Lane Stephenson says the action taken Tuesday by the Supreme Court takes this litigation in federal court one step closer to its conclusion.

The Texas Attorney General's office declined comment.

There's still a state-level lawsuit pending in Brazos County. Portions have been settled.