The Washington Post reviews the spectacle of the Florida DoJ denying that Bruce Ivins had the ability to prepare the anthrax that killed five and made at least 17 people ill. He didn’t have the equipment within the hot room to dry anthrax. That does seem to be a limiting fact.
But then the DC DoJ got into the act, forcing its Florida team to withdraw such damning assertions…and settle the case with Bob Stevens’ widow that the Florida DoJ attorneys were defending.
Since it began a decade ago, the federal government’s massive investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks has been plagued by missteps and complications.
Investigators initially focused on the wrong man, then had to pay him a nearly $6 million settlement. In 2008, they accused another man, Bruce E. Ivins, who killed himself before he could go to trial.
Now, in the latest twist, the government has argued against itself…