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Ashcroft faces suit from bioterror expertStarliner
Aug 27, 2003 7:51 AM
Item from the morning paper:

"The bioterrorism expert under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks sued Attorney General John Ashcroft and other government officials Tuesday, accusing them of using him as a scapegoat for their failure to make an arrest in the case.

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill said Ashcroft and other federal authorities had destroyed his reputation and ruined his job prospects by labeling him a "person of interest" in the case, circulating his photo and improperly leaking aspects of the investigation to the media."

Sometimes a man's reputation is the only thing he's got. Like the Kobe case, dragging a man's name into the public arena and hanging a crime around his neck before a case has been heard, or as in Hatfill's situation, before the evidence has even been verified, is something that has got to stop.

I hope Hatfill kicks Ashcroft's butt and wins a fortune.
Sueing the govt.? Good Luck.Sintesi
Aug 27, 2003 8:08 AM
This reminds me a little of that Richard Jewel guy. I understand Hatfill lost his job at LSU(I think that was the university) when his name came out in the investigation. A wrongful termination lawsuit seems logical but I'm sure there's more to this than I know about.
Sueing the govt.? Good Luck.ryder1
Aug 27, 2003 8:47 AM
They went to the university and told them to fire him. When he's gone for subsequent interviews at new places they have shown up and informed the potential employer about their investigation into him.

Who knows. Maybe he is guilty, they just can't prove it and decided to harass him instead. Not a good track record though. Not only Richard Jewel - there was also the guy at Los Alamos they suspected of stealing secrets, harasses him, and later recanted.