Steffey's parents hire Indy law firm

Steffey's parents hire Indy law firm

There are 256 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 28, 2007, titled Steffey's parents hire Indy law firm. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The parents of Wade Steffey, a Purdue University freshman found dead last week in a residence hall utility vault, have obtained the services of an Indianapolis law firm.

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timmy28

South Vienna, OH

#265 Mar 29, 2007
There is more to the story than the public knows. If you know the Steffey family they would tell you so, however there is a pending investigation and they are doing there best to allow the process to run its course.
Uhhh wrote:
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No, I am NOT one of those sue-happy people. BUT if there are QUESTIONABLE scenarios such as the phone and the shoe JUST NOW being found, I think that there is a RIGHT to learn why certain jobs were not followed - such as, not looking in an area where a shoe was found when someone was known to be missing, etc. It's not about money.
Frivolous lawsuits are the largest drain on our society. Nice comeback just to proclaim that my mentality only harbors ignorance and not the ability to evaluate nor comphrehend any reasonable logic.
There is "Freedom To Information"
People do execute stupid moves on their parts, I do agree. If he was found right away, it might be different but it had taken TWO months to find this young man.
I do not care why he entered that room - it wasn't marked "do not enter" in the pictures that I had seen, but it's common knowledge that he went through the door - because it had killed him in making that decision.
But why - why hadn't any maintenance nor preventative maintenance have been performed during those two months? Especially with the temps being in the negatives and electricity being consumed more by those who were snowed in and stayed in their dorms, etc?
Whatever - just becuase some of the information provided is not really lining up 100% perfect into the puzzle does not render myself incompetent. Ever think that there is a little more to the story that the parents or close friends know that is not being shared with the media?

Since: Mar 07

Rogers, MN

#266 Mar 30, 2007
Al the Facts are Not In wrote:
I am glad the Parent's are suing Purdue. Purdue University has tried to hide the disappearance of this young man from the very beginning
Think about it. January, visitors coming to Purdue to see if they want to send their Kids to this University.
A student has vanished.
Student's are NOT allowed to post flyers on Purdue owned property, ie: The Union,high traffic for Parent;s who are visiting.
Faculty and Staff were told to not send any emails through the university in regards to this young man's disappearance or searches.
Does this sound like a University who wanted to do everything to help find this young man? Or a University who was wanting to insure future tuition?
The Family is on Campus and always by their side is a Purdue PR person? Did not jive then, and definately does not jive now.
Just as when Wade's body was found, a PR Media person was following along with the camera crews while they interviewed students.
As a searcher who was at every search I found this all very disturbing and I am not even a College Grad, just a volunteer who wanted to help find this young man.
Purdue turns away thousands of students a year. Tuition is not a problem. That is a fun theory I guess. If they are willing to break the law and hide this accident then why would they not go as far as to cover up more... Do you even realize you are arguing that the Steffey family is doing right by protecting themselves with lawyers while Purdue was doing many of the same things to protect the university... but that is wrong.

Since: Mar 07

Rogers, MN

#267 Mar 30, 2007
timmy28 wrote:
I was not speaking of people just discussing this. People saying rude things is what I was talking about. People betting on how much money they will get, saying that he deserved what he got, those are the things I was speaking of. No one cares that details of this are discussed. However when people discuss these types of things they should probably know what they are speaking of. Not just gossiping or making jokes of this. I know firsthand that Wade's family is not looking for money, changes yes, answers yes. Money no. Hiring a law firm to represent you is a wise decision when you are dealing with people that have suddenly become tight lipped. Unless you know that Dawn and Dale are looking to profit from Wade's death, which they are not, then you should shut up. People have sought legal advice for a lot less and sued for a lot less. It is not about the money, sometimes it is to ensure that changes will be made so that your (or any)child is not the next one. This entire case was poorly run and it should be obvious that things should cahnge. No one ever said that Wade was not somewhat to blame for his own death however there were HUGE mistakes made by others that led up to his death.
Wade's family is not seeking money... what are they seeking? If they file a suit, will they be going for a sum of money? I do not care where the money goes, it is wrong to take money over an accident. This is where you say " well they are putting it in a memorial fund." I do not care, it is not their money to put anywhere. Raise money through fund raisers, do whatever. You are definitely not a part of the solution with this litigation happy society. "People have sought legal advice for a lot less and sued for a lot less." Well that is a great attitude to have. People have also killed for little reason, raped for little reason, and done many other things... doesn't make it right. The parents look at this with rage and they also see an opportunity. If this is ruled an accident (which it has) then they have no business looking for answers, they have them. If there was a possibility of foul play, go for it. I would want to know too. I just do not understand what answers they need. Their son made a bad decision that would have been prevented by common sense or parenting. Purdue did not lock the door, that happened to be surrounded by railing and underground. There's your answers.
katy

United States

#268 Mar 30, 2007
Colby wrote:
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Wade's family is not seeking money... what are they seeking? If they file a suit, will they be going for a sum of money? I do not care where the money goes, it is wrong to take money over an accident. This is where you say " well they are putting it in a memorial fund." I do not care, it is not their money to put anywhere. Raise money through fund raisers, do whatever. You are definitely not a part of the solution with this litigation happy society. "People have sought legal advice for a lot less and sued for a lot less." Well that is a great attitude to have. People have also killed for little reason, raped for little reason, and done many other things... doesn't make it right. The parents look at this with rage and they also see an opportunity. If this is ruled an accident (which it has) then they have no business looking for answers, they have them. If there was a possibility of foul play, go for it. I would want to know too. I just do not understand what answers they need. Their son made a bad decision that would have been prevented by common sense or parenting. Purdue did not lock the door, that happened to be surrounded by railing and underground. There's your answers.
There's alot more to this story than what you have read. Not everything is going to be put in the paper and not everything put in the paper is completely accurate. You have made alot of statements about a family you know absolutely nothing about. The Steffey family has every right to find out what happened to their son, and to sue Purdue, and they really don't need your approval to do so.
poordue

United States

#269 Mar 30, 2007
Purdue was protecting that 100 MILLION DOLLAR DONATION!!
Did you miss that Colby?
katy wrote:
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There's alot more to this story than what you have read. Not everything is going to be put in the paper and not everything put in the paper is completely accurate. You have made alot of statements about a family you know absolutely nothing about. The Steffey family has every right to find out what happened to their son, and to sue Purdue, and they really don't need your approval to do so.
Press Release

Plainfield, IN

#270 Mar 30, 2007
I just read the press release that had the list of Defendents:

1. The Sun - For not providing light at night, making for an unsafe situation to the knowledge of University Staff.

2. Belden Wire - For making the conductors that carried the electricity.

3. IMI - For delivering the construction concrete used to build the residence hall.

4. Amex Coal - For supply the coal used in making the electricty.

5. Clouds and The Wabash River - For supplying the water used to make steam to make the electricity.

6. Al Gore - For developing the internet.

7. Gravity - For not allowing him to float though the utility room safely.

8. Jim Nabors for singing "Back Home Again..." too much.

9. Jake & elwood Blues

10. Gandhi

11. Budda

12. SpongeBob

- AND -

13. Beavis

14. Butt Head
Don King

Indianapolis, IN

#271 Mar 30, 2007
Purdue should not pay a dime for a drunk kid killing himself. It amazes me how little personal responsibility people take. It's always somebody else's fault. Making purdue pay will not do anything to ensure security in their buildings. The only efeect will be future purdue students paying a greater than expected raise in tuition.

Since: Mar 07

Rogers, MN

#272 Mar 30, 2007
katy wrote:
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There's alot more to this story than what you have read. Not everything is going to be put in the paper and not everything put in the paper is completely accurate. You have made alot of statements about a family you know absolutely nothing about. The Steffey family has every right to find out what happened to their son, and to sue Purdue, and they really don't need your approval to do so.
Katy-

I'm not really in a position to give approval to people I don't know, I thought this was a board to post opinion though. I guess only your opinion counts. Unless you are suggesting foul play, what else could have happened? At worst, Purdue did not lock the door and did not have signs posted. Purdue did not find the student when they could have. It still boils down to an accident by a student. I have a question though. When did Purdue start a search and recovery business. Isn't it law enforcement that conducts much of the search. Doesn't this fall on other state employees as well if we are so concerned about the timing of the find? What answers do they need if there is not foul play? Who to get the dime out of?

I am sorry I am darker than most. I do not presume a family angel like when I do not know them. You might think I'm rude or blunt, but I think I am just much more realistic. Let me know though, you are the one with the authority saying who can talk about what.
Reminder

Cincinnati, OH

#273 Mar 30, 2007
Please remember that no one forgot to lock the door. The lock on this door is one that automatically locks as the door closes. I think this would make a big difference to some of you that want to blame Purdue or one of its workers for not locking it.

Also, you might want to look at a picture of this door. It's in a pit with a railing around it. There are no stairs that lead to this room. You have to crawl through this railing to get to the door. It's not something you could mistake for a legitimate entrance.

“USA”

Since: Jan 07

USA

#274 Mar 30, 2007
Reminder wrote:
Please remember that no one forgot to lock the door. The lock on this door is one that automatically locks as the door closes. I think this would make a big difference to some of you that want to blame Purdue or one of its workers for not locking it.
Also, you might want to look at a picture of this door. It's in a pit with a railing around it. There are no stairs that lead to this room. You have to crawl through this railing to get to the door. It's not something you could mistake for a legitimate entrance.
Sounds like the perfect place to hid DRUGS. The family better slow up on this investigation while they still believe he is just the innocent kid who stumbled into a room.
jim

United States

#275 Mar 30, 2007
Larry W wrote:
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Sounds like the perfect place to hid DRUGS. The family better slow up on this investigation while they still believe he is just the innocent kid who stumbled into a room.
Believe it or not, not every kid is like yours. There are good ones out there and I believe Wade was one of them. Don't make stupid accusations like that unless you have something to back it up with.
neeruam

Philadelphia, PA

#276 Mar 31, 2007
Reminder wrote:
Please remember that no one forgot to lock the door. The lock on this door is one that automatically locks as the door closes. I think this would make a big difference to some of you that want to blame Purdue or one of its workers for not locking it....
I think the heat is not off Purdue even if the door has an automatic lock because I think the general legal standard is not only whether Purdue KNEW the door was unlocked or in disrepair but if they SHOULD HAVE KNOWN it was unlocked or in disrepair, something you'd think they'd have a vested interest in, given what potential danger was just beyond the door.

The door, lock, equipment, etc. are all instrumentalities 100% under Purdue's control and thus Purdue has a duty to check them to be sure they are working, even if it's once a shift. The higher the potential danger, the higher the scrutiny should be. If anyone had an interest or duty in making sure those doors were always not only locked but also properly maintained, it was Purdue.

I think this supercedes any fault on Wade's part because no matter how drunk/doped/stupid/etc. he may have been that nite [and I don't think he was], BUT FOR the unlocked/poorly maintained door, Wade would NOT have gotten in.

“USA”

Since: Jan 07

USA

#277 Mar 31, 2007
neeruam wrote:
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I think the heat is not off Purdue even if the door has an automatic lock because I think the general legal standard is not only whether Purdue KNEW the door was unlocked or in disrepair but if they SHOULD HAVE KNOWN it was unlocked or in disrepair, something you'd think they'd have a vested interest in, given what potential danger was just beyond the door.
The door, lock, equipment, etc. are all instrumentalities 100% under Purdue's control and thus Purdue has a duty to check them to be sure they are working, even if it's once a shift. The higher the potential danger, the higher the scrutiny should be. If anyone had an interest or duty in making sure those doors were always not only locked but also properly maintained, it was Purdue.
I think this supercedes any fault on Wade's part because no matter how drunk/doped/stupid/etc. he may have been that nite [and I don't think he was], BUT FOR the unlocked/poorly maintained door, Wade would NOT have gotten in.
This is a college student not a 1st grader. What part of "HIGH VOLTAGE, DO NOT ENTER" was too difficult to understand for even a purdue student.....
He wanted in there for a reason, and, it probably wasn't a good one. Other students in the dorm probably utilized that room also, and, they need to come forward to clear up the situation.
neeruam

Philadelphia, PA

#278 Mar 31, 2007
Please already, listen and learn because this is not new information: There were TWO DOORS into the high voltage room, one from an INSIDE hallway near the laundry room and one from the EXTERIOR of the building. From TV footage of the INTERIOR door, there WAS a very conspicuous warning high voltage sign plus the door was big and looked fortified. BUT, there has never been an issue or denial of the FACT that the EXTERIOR door, through which Wade apparently entered, bore no warning signage at all, NONE. The exterior double doors looked ordinary, sort of like louvered French doors and nowhere near as formidable as the interior door. Look up the news photos taken when Wade's body was found and you'll see what I'm trying to explain. I didn't make this stuff up, I just get tired of seeing the same misinformation being rehashed over and over.
For Larry the Loser

United States

#279 Mar 31, 2007
Larry W wrote:
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This is a college student not a 1st grader. What part of "HIGH VOLTAGE, DO NOT ENTER" was too difficult to understand for even a purdue student....
You must be a first grader because it has been stated SEVERAL times that there was NO SIGN on the door. I repeat... There was NO SIGN on the DOOR. Even a first grader should be able to understand that. Maybe you need a reading buddy to help you read the newspaper.
enough

Indianapolis, IN

#280 Apr 2, 2007
neeruam wrote:
The exterior double doors looked ordinary, sort of like louvered French doors and nowhere near as formidable as the interior door.
The outside double doors looked as ordinary as any other door recessed several feet into the ground and surrounded by rails on all sides.

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