U.S. Settles $5.85 Million Anthrax Lawsuit With Scientist

June 29, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a $5.85 million settlement with a scientist who was the main suspect in the 2001 anthrax case.  ..Boston (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a $5.85 million settlement with a scientist who was the main suspect in the 2001 anthrax case.

The anthrax case in 2001 was handled through the mail and resulted in the deaths of 5 people, and causing 17 more to become ill.

The former army scientist, 54-year old Dr. Steven J. Hatfill agreed to the $5.85 million settlement.

In exchange, he will be dropping a lawsuit against the Justice Department, as well as the FBI.

He filed a lawsuit against both, stating that they invaded his privacy, and ruined his reputation.

When he was the suspect, he was under 24-hour surveillance.

Dr. Hatfill, for the settlement, will receive $2.8 million immediately, followed by $150,000 every year as of 2009 for the next 20 years.


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